Your Inner Fish

Your Inner Fish

A Journey Into the 3.5-billion-year History of the Human Body

Book - 2008
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Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.

Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik --the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006--tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.

Shubin makes us see ourselves and our world in a completely new light. Your Inner Fish is science writing at its finest--enlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780375424472
Branch Call Number: 611 SHU
Characteristics: 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

Let me start with the chances of successful mutations happening. Millions of successful mutations would have to occur for a fish to turn into a mammal. As is very obvious, successful mutations today are extremely rare, and almost all were engineered by a human, so the mutation was not natural. Mutations are almost always fatal, tumors are mutations for example. Natural Selection works against evolution so that is not true either. God created us as we are, we did not evolve from a fish, a monkey, or a lizard. Do NOT read this excuse to remove Our Lord from the equation.

Mar 17, 2018

Just could not get into it - and I was almost a biology major! :-(

Dec 29, 2016

The video is also worth a look.

Dec 05, 2015

I just wish all high school science textbooks can be this fun and easy to read. Too late for me to become a biologist or a doctor but this book has added another dimension to my understanding of the human life form among its living relatives.

Dec 31, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable book which covers our 3.5 billion journey to humanity. Neil Shubin has put together a book which belongs in the book collection of any person interesting in a greater understanding of how we came to be what we call human.

Nov 04, 2014

From the tiny bones in our mammalian ears to the arrangement of individual bones in each of our limbs, Neil Shubin lays out a fascinating picture of the many ways in which our modern human bodies are abounding with remnants of a more "fishy" body and lifestyle. Many features are obvious when studying a skeleton, several more become apparent when described and illustrated, and still others, such as predictive gene behavior, come to light only with experimentation. This book had many aha! moments, and spoke forcefully to my inner paleontologist, which had me half questioning my less scientific career choices. Marvelous.

Jane60201 Aug 21, 2014

A great way to understand the biology you didn't really understand in high school.

Feb 15, 2014

An excellent read for anyone interested in development, evolution and the interrelatedness of all animal life.

wplclaire Aug 30, 2013

Shubin covers a remarkable amount of terrain in very clear, readable language. An excellent achievement,

Jul 16, 2013

This is a short biology book showing evidence from fossils and DNA for evolution. It has lots of diagrams. Darwin goes unmentioned. Did you know the three tiny bones in our middle ear are a trait found only in mammals, and that they derive from bones in a reptilian jaw? Did you know we have over 1000 genes for smell, but 1/3 are turned off as we have switched from smell to vision processors? Dolphins and whales have mammalian odor genes but none are functional because ceteceans no longer use their nasal passage for smelling. It was modified ove time into a blowhole. It's a good short read.

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