Your Inner Fish
Pantheon, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Alex Telander
eil Shubin is a professor and associate dean at the University of Chicago. A paleontologist, Shubin made headlines around the world in April 2006 when he discovered the
in the world of fish with
, a fish with many features like that of tetrapods or four-legged animals. When asked to teach a human anatomy course, Shubin discovered that a lot of the structures and evolutionary processes of the human body could be better explained through the evolution of fish anatomy. Thus was born
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
hubin breaks everything down into its fundamental parts, with specific chapters on genes, teeth, scents, ears, and sight. He covers the evolutionary history of the important organs of the body, tracing their development over millions of years through fish and other animals. It is a fascinating study into how the evolutionary marvel of the incredibly complex human body came to be; how organs, tissues, and vessels changed and improved through a process of natural selection to become the most beneficial to the species. The result is a never-stopping, fast-running factory house with over a million continuous processes, that is taken for granted by most of the world's population.
hubin writes in a simple and easy style that makes his subject accessible to any reader, no matter their scientific background. Filled with pictures and tables and graphs illustrating the facts,
Your Inner Fish
provides an interesting window into our evolutionary history as seen through the developing bodies of the animal kingdom.
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