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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 : Pantheon Books, ©2008.
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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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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Shubin
ISBN: 9780375424472 0375424474
OCLC Number: 144598195
Description: 229 p. : ill., 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.
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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 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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paleontology, evolution, and DNA

by java369 (WorldCat user published 2008-12-19) Very Good Permalink

I heard an unabridged edition on CD, and it was a very good introduction to the newest insights from paleontology.

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