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Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery of Our 375-Million-Year-Old Ancestor

by Neil Shubin

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Shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

For anyone wanting to understand evolution – Your Inner Fish is a revelation showing we may be closely related to the apes but further back, fish, anemones, sea-worms – they’re all our very distant relations. Puzzling perhaps, we can see the similarities between apes and ourselves but fish? But that’s where Neil Shubin shines - with a text that explains and enlightens; his wonder at the intricacy and beauty of the evolutionary process positively infectious.


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Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery of Our 375-Million-Year-Old Ancestor Synopsis

Your Inner Fish tells the extraordinary history of the human body and gives answers to some of the questions that only evolution can. Why do we look the way we do? Why are we 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 paleontologist to show the incredible impact the 3.5 billion year history of life has had on our bodies. He 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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ISBN: 9780141027586
Publication date: 29/01/2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141027586
Publication date: 29th January 2009
Author: Neil Shubin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Popular Science,
Categories: Popular science, Anatomy, Human biology,

About Neil Shubin

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. His latest book is Your Inner Fish (2008).

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