Your Inner Fish A Journey into the 3. 5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
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Description: 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 discoveredTiktaalikthe "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006tells 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 finestenlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm. From the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/6/2009
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Finding Your Inner Fish|
|Getting a Grip|
|The Best-Laid (Body) Plans|
|Adventures in Bodybuilding|
|The Meaning of It All|
|Afterword to the Vintage Books Edition|
|Notes, References, and Further Reading|