Author: Neil Shubin
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Summary: This book included all sorts of great stories and new science that I’ve not seen in other popular biology books!
Even though I really enjoyed Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, I was dubious about this follow-up focused the mechanisms of major turning points in the evolution of life. At this point, I’ve read a lot of nonfiction on natural history and evolution. In the process, I’ve gotten bored with stories and concepts that are rehashed in many of these books. Someone save me from having to read about Darwin’s finches yet again! In Shubin’s previous book, my main complaint was that the only science concept he taught was evolution (I was also bothered by some sad animal experiments). I’m surprised to say that this book not only avoids those problems, but one of its main strengths is that it included recent research, fresh stories, and new-to-me big ideas. Read more »