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Your inner fish : a journey into the 3.5-billion-year history of the human body

Author: Neil Shubin
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Shubin
ISBN: 9780307277459 0307277453
OCLC Number: 229026801
Notes: Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 2008.
Description: 237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Neil Shubin.

Abstract:

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.--From publisher description.
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