Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body ( Vintage )

by Shubin, Neil (Author)

ISBN: 9780307277459

From the scientist who made the groundbreaking discovery of the fish with hands, here is a lively, thoroughly engrossing chronicle of evolutionary history that unearths the often startling secrets behind why humans look and behave the way they do. Illustrations.

Format: Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage Books USA, January 2009

Product Dimensions: 8 L × 5.48 W × 0.74 H

Publisher Marketing: 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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