Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy 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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About Neil Shubin

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Neil Shubin is the author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish, which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, Shubin is associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Pantheon. 256 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Researchers have injected a mouse limb-development protein inside a fish egg to replace the fish equivalent, and the fish grows normal fins.

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When researchers inserted a mouse sonic hedgehog gene into a skate the fins were transformed: not into mouse feet (an inserted control gene is always expressed in the character of the recipient), but by the differentiation of the normally identical fin-rods of the skate into something more like m...

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Your Inner Fish : The Amazing Discovery of our 375-Million-Year-Old Ancestor by Neil Shubin Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop ...

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin Allen Lane £20, pp229 There has never been a shortage of jokes about the moral inadequacies of the legal profession.

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Entertainment Weekly

But we're actually just ''a mosaic of bits and pieces'' from previous creatures, says Shubin in an intriguing but flawed look at the human body through the lens of its evolutionary history.

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Suite 101

Pari and FitzGerald's book is a rough draft of what could eventually become a well-informed text for both new and seasoned paranormal investigators.

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Summary: An accessible, concise but brimming with detail and anecdote book showing how human bodies carry an inheritance that goes to the very beginning of life on Earth and demonstrating the fundamental unity of all living organisms.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The concept of evolution is difficult to understand, but Neil Shubin, a paleontologist and anatomy professor, makes it more intelligible in this evolutionary guide to the human body and anatomical journey back in time.

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