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Your Inner Fish - Neil Shubin

Your Inner Fish

By Neil Shubin

  • Release Date: 2008-01-15
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4
From 115 Ratings


The paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells a “compelling scientific adventure story that will change forever how you understand what it means to be human” (Oliver Sacks).

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.


  • I'm Smarter!

    By socalbp
    Fascinating read. Slightly disappointed it wasn't longer.
  • Excellent account of an extraordinary story

    By Psnyder
    Shubin tells the story of how Darwin's theory of evolution allowed him to predict the most likely place to find the fossil of a fish that is the common ancestor of every 4 limbed animal that lives on land... and some that managed to find their way back to the sea. Discovered less than 250 miles from the north pole, and after years of searching, Shubin and his team found Tiktaalik. This book describes the path to discovery and the amazing revelations that this fossil has taught us about how all land animals evolved from this creature, 370 million years ago.
  • Believe it

    By Manuel E. Morillo
    Even through we all knew about the previous evolution from TV and Biology in the past, it's time to get real and discover the real emphasis behind human approach. I read this book for an AP Biology assignment and didn't want to read it at first because of the humongous requirement for this book from my teacher. However, I tried to read the first chapter and found out some things that kept me interested.
  • New way to look at ourselves!

    By ruturaj
    Very fascinating approach at how we have evolved! Clearly shubin did his research and gave us not another monkey-to-man lesson but a very good story! And easy read too!