Your Inner Fish

Your Inner Fish Summary

Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. The basis for the PBS series.

By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria.Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

Book Reviews


A Persuasive Book That Enjoys Belittling Its Own Points2 star

"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.25


I'm Smarter!5 star

Fascinating read. Slightly disappointed it wasn't longer.55


Excellent account of an extraordinary story5 star

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.55

Manuel E. Morillo

Believe it5 star

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.55


New way to look at ourselves!5 star

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!55

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