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Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

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.--From publisher description.

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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New Afterword

Why do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

About the Author

Neil Shubin is provost of The Field Museum as well as a professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as an associate dean. Educated at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, he lives in Chicago.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Finding your inner fish — Getting a grip — Handy genes — Teeth everywhere — Getting ahead — The best-laid (body) plans — Adventures in bodybuilding — Making scents — Vision — Ears — The meaning of it all — Epilogue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307377166
Subtitle:
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Shubin, Neil
Author:
Neil Shubin
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Medical : Anatomy
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Human Anatomy
Subject:
Human evolution
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Subject:
Biology-General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Evolution
Subject:
Geology-Paleontology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090106
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
237

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"Synopsis" by , 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.--From publisher description.
"Synopsis" by , Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New Afterword

Why do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

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