Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Read Online Free - Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish.

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.

Shubin makes us see ourselves and our world in a completely new light. Your Inner Fish is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

Title : Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
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ISBN : 0375424474
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 229 pages


Will rated it ★★★★★

August 19, 2016

How are embryos like fossils? How did we come to have the hands, arms, heads, bone structures, ears, eyes and many of the other parts we have? It turns out that homo sap is a very jury-rigged critter, an accumulation of biological compromises and re-purposed parts. One can look at fossils to see...

Ahmad rated it ★★★★★

July 15, 2016

بعد أول معرفة لك عن التطور بالانتخاب الطبيعي, ستجد أن العلماء ضمن هيكل تطور البشر, يقولون بأن أجداد الإنسان كانوا ضمن القردة العليا يوماً, والقردة العليا كان أجدادها حيوان ثدي أشبه بالفأر, والفأر أجداده حيوان زاحف, والزاحف ينحدر من سمكة. سمكة!!! لقد كان انطباعي الأولي هو الدهشة الممزوجة بالفضول ا...

Mohammed-Makram rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2018

ذكر السيوطي في الجامع الصغير عن النبى صلى الله عليه و سلم أنه قال: أكرموا عمتكم النخلة فإنها خُلقت من فضلة طينة أبيكم آدم، وليس من الشجر شجرة أكرم على الله تعالى من شجرة ولدت تحتها مريم ابنت عمران، فاطعموا نساءكم الولد الرطب، فإن لم يكن فتمر. قال الشيخ الألباني في ضعيف الجامع: موضوع. والله أعل...

Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2008

This really was a pleasure – another book recommended by Wendy – although what I liked most about it was possibly not the most obvious things about the book. From very early on I was in a bit of a world of my own and had started to wonder what to make of the fact that palaeontologists tend to mak...

فهد rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2015

السمكة داخلك: رحلة في تاريخ الجسم البشري من نيل شوبين أحد أعضاء الفريق الذي اكتشف مستحاثة سمكة التيكتالك - والتي تعتبر حلقة في السلسلة التطورية-، يأتي هذا الكتاب الرائع والذي يناقش فيه المؤلف الكثير من المواضيع بدء من كيف يبحث عن العلماء عن المستحاثات؟ وأين؟ وكيف تطور الدماغ وتطورت العين والأذن،...

Katherine rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2013

This book delivered exactly what I wanted: an explanation of evolution from fish (and before really) to man in layman's terms, but not moron layman--well-spoken layman. I had so many 'ah-ha!' moments while reading this book that my head began to spin a little, but in a good way. For instance, whe...

Michael rated it ★★★☆☆

August 10, 2015

It was refreshing to see recent (and not so recent) discoveries about evolution of the body and brain put into an accessible book. My medium rating reflects the limited impact I got from the book due to a former career in developmental neurobiology and past reading of inspired writing on evolutio...

Nadin rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 17, 2017

وجهه نظري ببساطة تتلخص في عدم إيماني بنظرية التطور لتعارضها مع ما أخبرنا به الله سبحانه وتعالى في كتابه العزيز من الآيات المبينات المقتبسة بالأعلى عن قصة سيدنا آدم عليه السلام. فإذا كانت نظرية التطور قد تحقق فلا بد ان حقيقة قصة سيدنا آدم عليه السلام غير حقيقة. وهو ما يدفع للتعارض بين هذة النظرية...

Vince rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 07, 2009

If you have a semi-extensive science background, you'll probably find this book annoyingly vague. Lots of handwaving, little in the way of explanatory detail. If you're a fan of well-written scientific prose, you'll definitely be driven around the bend. The author was chosen to write this book bec...

Nate rated it ★★★☆☆

April 25, 2009

There are lots of titles out there in American bookstores that see the need to defend the idea of evolution from the claims of creationism and intelligent design. But this book is not one of them. Shubin assumes that you accept evolution to be a fact about the world and gets on with it. He is a f...

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