Your Inner Fish
By Neil Shubin
- Release Date: 2008-01-15
- Genre: Life Sciences
Your Inner Fish Neil Shubin Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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A Persuasive Book That Enjoys Belittling Its Own Points
"Your Inner Fish" is an attempt by a researcher to communicate a discovery and its importance to a wider audience disguised as a journey to find the history of the human body. Some of its points are very interesting, but most of them are over-simplified or unimpactful. I was assigned this book to read before an AP Biology course, and was given positive review by its teacher on this book, so I was excited to get in to the book. Unfortunately, when I actually started reading, I couldn't stand how two simple sentences took two pages for the author to explain, when the meaning should have been common sense. The semi-advanced concepts in the book are hidden behind elementary-level names that become ridiculous to identify as a scientific theory. The path to find the history of the human body should be an interesting concept, but when Neil Shubin writes it, it becomes an over-complicated process of trying to find out why some thoughts are even relevant to the topic, and trying to stay awake during its incredibly algorithmic anecdotal experiments.
Fascinating read. Slightly disappointed it wasn't longer.
Excellent account of an extraordinary story
Shubin tells the story of how Darwin's theory of evolution allowed him to predict the most likely place to find the fossil of a fish that is the common ancestor of every 4 limbed animal that lives on land... and some that managed to find their way back to the sea. Discovered less than 250 miles from the north pole, and after years of searching, Shubin and his team found Tiktaalik. This book describes the path to discovery and the amazing revelations that this fossil has taught us about how all land animals evolved from this creature, 370 million years ago.
By Manuel E. Morillo
Even through we all knew about the previous evolution from TV and Biology in the past, it's time to get real and discover the real emphasis behind human approach.
I read this book for an AP Biology assignment and didn't want to read it at first because of the humongous requirement for this book from my teacher. However, I tried to read the first chapter and found out some things that kept me interested.
New way to look at ourselves!
Very fascinating approach at how we have evolved! Clearly shubin did his research and gave us not another monkey-to-man lesson but a very good story! And easy read too!