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

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


By (author) Neil Shubin

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  • Publisher: ALLEN LANE
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 240mm x 22mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0713999357
  • ISBN 13: 9780713999358
  • Sales rank: 284,169

Product description

"Your Inner Fish" tells the extraordinary history of the human body. Why do we look the way we do? When did we first evolve the features that we have? Why are we still able to do all the different things we do? And, finally, why do we fall ill in the way that we do? Neil Shubin draws on the latest genetic research and his huge experience as an expeditionary palaeontologist to show the incredible impact the 3.5 billion year history of life has had on our bodies. It turns out that many of our most distinctive features evolved when we were still swimming in the oceans. Shubin takes readers on a fascinating, unexpected journey and allows us to discover the deep connection to nature in our own bodies.

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Neil Shubin is a palaeontologist in the great tradition of his mentors, Ernst Mayr and Stephen Jay Gould. He has discovered fossils around the world that have changed the way we think about many of the key transitions in evolution and has pioneered a new synthesis of expeditionary palaeontology, developmental genetics and genomics. He trained at Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley and is currently Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Chicago.