Your Inner Fish

Your Inner Fish

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish. Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik–the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006–tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Shubin makes us see ourselves and our world in a completely new light. YOUR INNER FISH is science writing at its finest–enlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm. From the Compact Disc edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2008.
ISBN: 9781415948699
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Cashman, Marc
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bbonier Apr 05, 2014

If you are a science buff, you may like this book, but I found it to be boring. Yes, it is well written and, for the most part, in layman's terms, but there is a tremendous amount of detail about the author's search for fossils and the anatomy of the animals he is researching, along with human anatomy. The reader, Marc Cashman, is very good.

lieslok Apr 27, 2011

Almost done with the audiobook, but I can confidently say that this is an extraordinary book! I wish I had actually read this though, since I did look at the hard copy and saw many charts and pictures of the anatomy and scientific language he used in the book that was sometimes too much for me to comprehend. Dr. Shubin does his best to give real life examples though, to the help the everyday reader understand laboratory and prehistoric data. The only reason I don't give the audiobook an outstanding rating, is because there are no chart. If you want to learn about evolution of life on Earth and actually listen to factual data, instead of hypothesis or theories without hardcore evidence, this is a book for you!

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