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by Shubin
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ISBN-13: 2901269308921
Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Your Inner Fish 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Schubin has truly succeeded in tracing a fun and informative account of human evolution by looking at fossil and extant homologues. Drawing (especially) from paleontology, but also from fields such as molecular genetics, Schubin takes the reader on an introductory ride through vertebrate form, function, and genetics. I would highly recommend this title as a must-have to any person interested in the biological, medical, or paleontological sciences, whether professional or avocational.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
Among many reasons that make evolution of life such a fascinating subject to study, the fact that we can learn more about how we humans have become what we are today must rank close to the top. This is the basic premise behind Neil Shubin's "Your Inner Fish." Shubin's day job is field paleontologist, but the idea for this book came about when he taught some laboratory exercises in human anatomy. It turns out that his training in recognizing and categorizing bones of long-extinct creatures is an excellent preparation for understanding of how the human body works. The book is a fascinating and insightful journey into the 3.5 billion years of evolution. It combines scientific facts and information with personal stories and anecdotes. The scientific information is fresh and relevant, and it is not just a regurgitation of the material that can be found in a myriad other books on evolution. These facts really help you with gaining insight into how exactly all life on Earth is related. The last major chapter is probably the most interesting. It is an examination of the way that many of our chronic diseases and illnesses can be traced to the very restricted design options that evolution had. There really is a price that we pay for getting to where we are in the evolutionary development.
owl484 More than 1 year ago
A very good book. Well written. The author makes a good case of connecting with our past(500 million years ago as a fish) As a human being it is good to know that "Natural Selection" is a feasible cause and affect than a belief in a myth. I'm ready for a more realistic interpretation of how I came to be,even if it means in updating of my personal beliefs.
wisdomloverPA More than 1 year ago
This small-sized book teaches many of the key aspects of evolution by focusing features of you and me, like our hands and eyes and necks, and shows how they developed over the millennia from more ancient critters, not just earlier mammals or vertebrates but all the way back to bacteria. A really fun book to read, and nonetheless solidly accurate and never over-simplifying complex issues.
Miguel Anguiano More than 1 year ago
This book is not about faith please put that behind you and you enjoy it.
CalBear2010 More than 1 year ago
The prominent University of Chicago Paleontologist and Professor of Anatomy Neil Shubin graciously narrates the long Geological journey that has led to the structure and function of our current biological system. Shubin's account of his discovery of the 375 million year fish from Ellesmere Island is a warm tale of modern science in one of its finest lights. The timeline he provides of the 375 million years passed since Tiktaalik is thoroughly engaging and bound to have any curious reader interested in our life history and common ancestry hooked until the end. Shubin's work is certain to enlighten all. Scientist or non-scientist, you will learn something new, and at the very least you are destined to gain a greater appreciate of life!
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully written and engaging book which takes one on a paleontologist's journey to undersrtand the human body. The story line of discovery is quite enganging and the writing is basic and accessible to general readers yet makes accurate connections to recent discoveries and work. I highly recommend this book as essential reading for those who have a human body or know any human bodies. For Human Anatomy and Physiology students: it is a great way to quiz yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fascinating read that really makes you think. So interesting to see an esteemed scientist like Shubin taking on this subject so successfully, getting into the nitty gritty of what evolution is and what it is not. The only problem was that at times it could be quite dry and sometimes slow to read. On that note, I just finished another book that also really made me think. NATURAL SELECTION by Dave Freedman. It's a Jurassic Park type book - a science-based action-thriller about the evolution of a new species of flying predator. What made it special - besides how incredibly fast those pages turned - was how fun, relatable and easy-to-understand it made evolution, a great 'fictional compliment' to anything by Shubin.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A great read for beginners, very simple yet intriguing
dchaikin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neil Shubin is a mixture of a paleontologist and some kind of a DNA researcher, which gives him a unique take as a professor of human anatomy. He brings these all together in an enjoyable and very accessible form here.As this subtitle tells us, this is a look at why we humans are constructed the way we are from an evolutionary perspective. So we learn that the nerves which control our facial expressions follow crazy whirling paths through our heads, and also connect to our ears ¿ and Shubin tells us why. Or he gives us an evolutionary explanation of why we lose our balance when we get drunk. (Our inner ears developed form little organs fish use to detect water movement. And the fluid they developed happens to mix poorly with alcohol.) In general he points out that we are kind of like a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle ¿ we are a more primitive life form that has been awkwardly modified for each new evolutionary challenge ¿ and that is the source of practically all our health problems.Shubin spends the book tracing many of these modifications back as far down the evolutionary tree as he can get, and quite a few go all the way to the single-cell animals. It's a good story.One of the more enjoyable aspects of the book are his asides about his personal experience searching for fossils in the field. In one story he describes being a grad student and looking so carefully at an outcrop and failing to find a single fossil ¿ while the rest of the group were filling bags with fossils. His problem was that he had to learn to tune his eyes to recognize the right kinds of patterns and textures. This was something I can relate to. I remember a day as grad student looking so carefully at a Kansas roadside outcrop, and seeing just a simple flat limestone bed of certain vague characteristics. After a while our professor walked up and starting pointing out various features right in front of us ¿ fossil root trails, discolored surfaces, textural changes. I had looked right at them without seeing them. These are fossil soil features on a marine rock unit. Suddenly I was able to get new a sense of the ocean rising and falling; an entire dynamic environment began to come alive.
mensenkinderen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a lot of books regarding evolution, but "Your inner fish" offers an original approach to evolution and the evolution of (our) anatomy in particular. Shubin illustrates his tale with stories about his interesting fieldwork in paleontology and anatomy.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are many aspects to the body that make us human. Limbs, eyes, stature, genetics. None of it just happened. And this is evident by looking at all those that have come before us. By clearly showing how evolution is decent with modification, Neil Shubin shows how we can better understand the whys and wherefores of our own bodies by looking at the structure of simpler organisms, namely fish. An excelent example (to me) was the examination of the cranial nerves. I remember them from my anatomy class as seemingly tangled and I couldn't understand why they were so random. But by looking at embryology, fish, and many other aspects of comparative vertebrate anatomy, I now understand how beautifully arranged they really are.Shubin examines many examples like this, showing how the fossil record show evolutionary history, and how many of these conclusions have been drawn in his field. Included are examples of how body plans form, limbs form, teeth end up in the mouth, and how the ear is formed. The book is engaging, entertaining, and informative. The author strikes an excellent balance between not talking over the audiences head and not dumbing down the information. Recommended for anyone interested in evolution, paleontology, body plans, and examining many of the missing links that have been discovered.
TheCrow2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book about the human body and what we have common with out ancestors like fish, jellyfish or even sponges. Paleontological, anatomical and genetical proofs that we are a close relative of the great family of Earth's animals. And yes, the explanation why we hiccup...
Stbalbach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Your Inner Fish is a popular science book and scientist memoir - the author digs up millions year old fossils for a living in exotic parts of the world. The main idea is that humans evolved from more primitive creatures, like fish, and we still have the vestiges of those creatures in our biology and anatomy. The first and last chapter are very good, but the meat of the book was somewhat uninteresting, for me. The author is clearly excited about it, and other readers really enjoyed it, but for some reason I just didn't find much of interest.
Sovranty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book allows the reader to own the evolutionary path of the human species. Often, it seems books focusing on evolution use other species to example and follow. This book may lend convincing to those weary of human evolution. Entertaining and well illustrated.
Alina100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book talks about our fishy origins and shows how life on Earth is interrelated. This book is intended for the kind of people who are interested in the evolution process, as well as science in general.
ChrisRippel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reveals how the physiology of our distant ancestors remains in our human bodies. Lots of illustrations to clarify points. Generally readable though it dragged in places. Afterword updates the January 2008 hardback. A good complement to Endless Forms Most Beautiful.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good biology/evolution book for the layman. I'm not all that interested in science, but this held my attention, and it demonstrates many concepts of evolution in easy to understand terms. I was amazed to learn just how much I had in common with fish, primitive worms, etc.
nancenwv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An engaging tour of human evolution. He answered a lot of things I have wondered about as a curious science layperson- like how and why did this move toward specialized multi-celled bodies begin and how could an eyeball ever evolve? While Shubin shared the excitement of paleontologists unwrapping clues to missing links I really got a sense of the timespan of the fossil record. The story of each body slowly changing into the next step is truly amazing. Who knew that the three bones of our inner ear are re-fashioned pieces of reptile jaws?
mykl-s on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun science. Clearly written, with simple and helpful drawings. Why we hiccup, why the three-boned middle ear is important, and the evolution of bozos. I want to run out and search for fossils.
woodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neil Shubin is a paleontologist who delves briefly into the history of the human body by way of fossils and DNA evidence. Sure, I learned stuff... like how interconnected all the species really are; and that mammals have three bones in the inner ear while other species have fewer; and that there's a gene called Sonic hedgehog; and how to extract DNA using common household appliances and items you could easily buy in a store (a blender is involved and I'm easily reminded of the Bass-O-Matic). But, really this short book (just over 200 pages) was a bit of a slog to get through (although the explanations are clear enough). I've read other non-fiction that was much more compelling. But if you've an interest in fossils and DNA and where we came from, you might find this enlightening. But since this book deals with actual science, I definitely wouldn't recommend this book to Creationists. Though I suppose a Creationist wouldn't be picking up a title like this one in the first place. They're probably looking for something more along the lines of Your Inner Godliness: A Journey Into the Four Thousand Year History of the Human Body. But I digress.
nbzottel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first time I picked up "Your Inner fish" I was taken aback at all the terminology Shubin throws at his readers - and that even though I myself was studying anatomy at that moment. Two years later it proved to be an interesting read on how all animal life is related in often not very obvious ways. Nice to know where hiccups come from and who we have to thank for them: thanks for that, mr. tadpole!
norabelle414 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh hey, a book on science for the masses that uses tons of unnecessary metaphors that don't really apply! How original! The last chapter is good though. It talks about the evolutionary basis of health problems. It's mostly straightforward, and only uses one stupid metaphor comparing the human body to a souped-up VW Beetle.
deslni01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Your Inner Fish is a wonderful and enthusiastically written book on evolution and the connection between all species of creatures on Earth. What do humans have in common with fish? A lot, actually. Neil Shubin takes the reader on an adventure of paleontology and biology to examine different body parts and where they originated and how they developed. In Neil's own words, Looking back through billions of years of change, everything innovative or apparently unique in the history of life is really just old stuff that has been recycled, recombined, repurposed, or otherwise modified for new uses. This is the story of every part of us, from our sense organs to our heads, indeed our entire body plan.From the arms, forearms and wrists to the eyes, brain, nerves and ears, to embryonic development and various genetic similarities, Neil combines his excitement for his work with a remarkable prose to provide a basic and general overview of evidence for evolution and common ancestry, in a very simplified way. The many pictures and diagrams interspersed do an excellent job simplifying many ideas, and provide wonderful clarity for many of the ideas.
Beej415 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating and very approachable explanation of the evolution of humans from the first excursions out of the pond. Shubin steers clear, mostly, from any reference to the "debate" between creationists and scientists, but the book so superbly and plainly presents the connections between modern humans and our ancestors of every type, that it should be used as a teaching tool as part of every high school science curriculum in the country.