Your Inner Fish
Score: 2.5
From 21 Ratings

Your Inner Fish


  • Author : Neil Shubin
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307277459


Your Inner Fish Book Description :

A fascinating chronicle of the evolution of humankind traces the genetic history of the organs of the human body, offering a revealing correlation between the distant past and present-day human anatomy and physiology, behavior, illness, and DNA. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Your Inner Fish
Score: 3
From 57 Ratings

Your Inner Fish


  • Author : Neil Shubin
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2009-01-29
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141908632


Your Inner Fish Book Description :

Your Inner Fish tells the extraordinary history of the human body and gives answers to some of the questions that only evolution can. Why do we look the way we do? Why are we able to do all the different things we do? And, finally, why do we fall ill in the way that we do? Neil Shubin draws on the latest genetic research and his huge experience as an expeditionary paleontologist to show the incredible impact the 3.5 billion year history of life has had on our bodies. He takes readers on a fascinating, unexpected journey and allows us to discover the deep connection to nature in our own bodies.

The Universe Within

The Universe Within


  • Author : Neil Shubin
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307378439


The Universe Within Book Description :

The best-selling author of Your Inner Fish traces the unique qualities of the human species to astronomical events that occurred millions of years ago, revealing how the molecular development of human life can be linked to the evolution of the cosmos.

Some Assembly Required
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Some Assembly Required


  • Author : Neil Shubin
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101871348


Some Assembly Required Book Description :

The author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish gives us a lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth--a new view of the evolution of human and animal life that explains how the incredible diversity of life on our planet came to be. Over billions of years, ancient fish evolved to walk on land, reptiles transformed into birds that fly, and apelike primates evolved into humans that walk on two legs, talk, and write. For more than a century, paleontologists have traveled the globe to find fossils that show how such changes have happened. We have now arrived at a remarkable moment—prehistoric fossils coupled with new DNA technology have given us the tools to answer some of the basic questions of our existence: How do big changes in evolution happen? Is our presence on Earth the product of mere chance? This new science reveals a multibillion-year evolutionary history filled with twists and turns, trial and error, accident and invention. In Some Assembly Required, Neil Shubin takes readers on a journey of discovery spanning centuries, as explorers and scientists seek to understand the origins of life's immense diversity.

Quicklet on Neil Shubin s Your Inner Fish

Quicklet on Neil Shubin s Your Inner Fish


  • Author : Nicole Cipri
  • Publisher : Hyperink Inc
  • Release Date : 2012-04-28
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 38
  • ISBN 10 : 9781614644613


Quicklet on Neil Shubin s Your Inner Fish Book Description :

ABOUT THE BOOK In Your Inner Fish, Shubin attempts to explore the intersections of evolutionary biology and modern human anatomy. On his faculty page on the University of Chicago website, Neil Shubin writes: The philosophy that underlies all of my empirical work is derived from the conviction that progress in the study of evolutionary biology results from linking research across diverse temporal, phylogenetic, and structural scales. Writing in a friendly, accessible way, Shubin explains the various historical records that are encoded in the human body, from the structures of our eyes to the sequencing of our genes. MEET THE AUTHOR Nicole Cipri is a restless wanderer and passionate writer. A graduate of the Evergreen State School in Olympia, WA, Nicole has since written about such varied topics as modern urban farming, the role of glitterbombing as political theater, and the economic impacts of natural disasters. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK The book begins with Shubins first encounters with his own inner fish. He tells us about his expeditions to the far north in Canada, to Ellesmere Island, where he and his team of paleontologists and fossil finders scoured the rocks to try and find a transitional fossil from the time that the first animals were venturing onto land. The discovery of Tiktaalik Roseae is inarguably a transitional species, an intermediate between fish and the first land-walking tetrapods. In this and in other species, scientists have been able to trace the twisting path of our own anatomys evolution. In Tiktaalik, we are able to see the beginning of our limbs, from the muscles in our shoulders and chest to the bones of our wrists. Shubin traces our connections to animals past and present. Each chapter is devoted to a different part of the body: our hands, facial nerves, teeth inner ear, eyes, brain, olfactory sense. He gives us personal anecdotes as well. He describes his career, from how he first learned to find fossils, to his teams accidental uncovering o

What a Fish Knows
Score: 3.5
From 18 Ratings

What a Fish Knows


  • Author : Jonathan Balcombe
  • Publisher : Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2016-06-07
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374714338


What a Fish Knows Book Description :

A New York Times Bestseller Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined—we rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions about fishes, portraying them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines but as sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellian—in other words, much like us. What a Fish Knows draws on the latest science to present a fresh look at these remarkable creatures in all their breathtaking diversity and beauty. Fishes conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoalmates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, curry favor, deceive one another, and punish wrongdoers. We may imagine that fishes lead simple, fleeting lives—a mode of existence that boils down to a place on the food chain, rote spawning, and lots of aimless swimming. But, as Balcombe demonstrates, the truth is far richer and more complex, worthy of the grandest social novel. Highlighting breakthrough discoveries from fish enthusiasts and scientists around the world and pondering his own encounters with fishes, Balcombe examines the fascinating means by which fishes gain knowledge of the places they inhabit, from shallow tide pools to the deepest reaches of the ocean. Teeming with insights and exciting discoveries, What a Fish Knows offers a thoughtful appraisal of our relationships with fishes and inspires us to take a more enlightened view of the planet’s increasingly imperiled marine life. What a Fish Knows will forever

At the Water s Edge
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

At the Water s Edge


  • Author : Carl Zimmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-08-26
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476799742


At the Water s Edge Book Description :

Everybody Out of the Pond At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens today is an epic that we are only now beginning to grasp. Magnificent and bizarre, it is the story of how we got here, what we left behind, and what we brought with us. We all know about evolution, but it still seems absurd that our ancestors were fish. Darwin's idea of natural selection was the key to solving generation-to-generation evolution -- microevolution -- but it could only point us toward a complete explanation, still to come, of the engines of macroevolution, the transformation of body shapes across millions of years. Now, drawing on the latest fossil discoveries and breakthrough scientific analysis, Carl Zimmer reveals how macroevolution works. Escorting us along the trail of discovery up to the current dramatic research in paleontology, ecology, genetics, and embryology, Zimmer shows how scientists today are unveiling the secrets of life that biologists struggled with two centuries ago. In this book, you will find a dazzling, brash literary talent and a rigorous scientific sensibility gracefully brought together. Carl Zimmer provides a comprehensive, lucid, and authoritative answer to the mystery of how nature actually made itself.

Evolution and Development of Fishes

Evolution and Development of Fishes


  • Author : Zerina Johanson
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-01-10
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107179448


Evolution and Development of Fishes Book Description :

World-class palaeontologists and biologists summarise the state-of-the-art on fish evolution and development.

Discovering Fossil Fishes

Discovering Fossil Fishes


  • Author : John G. Maisey
  • Publisher : Basic Books (AZ)
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN 10 : 0813338077


Discovering Fossil Fishes Book Description :

A natural history of the first vertebrates traces the evolution of fishes over the course of five hundred million years, describing the discovery of their fossil remains and explaining what these ancient animals reveal about the human race. Reprint.

The Story of the Human Body
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

The Story of the Human Body


  • Author : Daniel Lieberman
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 460
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307741806


The Story of the Human Body Book Description :

In this book the author, a Harvard evolutionary biologist presents an account of how the human body has evolved over millions of years, examining how an increasing disparity between the needs of Stone Age bodies and the realities of the modern world are fueling a paradox of greater longevity and chronic disease. It illuminates the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. The author also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, the author argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. The author proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of 'dysevolution,' a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally, he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment. -- From publisher's web site.