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

ISBN-10: 0375424474
ISBN-13: 9780375424472
Edition: 2008
Authors: Neil Shubin
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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 discoveredTiktaalik—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 Fishis science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

Preface
Finding Your Inner Fish
Getting a Grip
Handy Genes
Teeth Everywhere
Getting Ahead
The Best-Laid (Body) Plans
Adventures in Bodybuilding
Making Scents
Vision
Ears
The Meaning of It All
Epilogue
Notes, References, and Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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