Author: Neil Shubin

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Science Nonfiction Review: Some Assembly Required

February 24, 2021 Uncategorized 8 ★★★★★

Science Nonfiction Review: Some Assembly RequiredTitle: Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
Author: Neil Shubin
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Rating:five-stars

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 »

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Review: Your Inner Fish

November 8, 2016 Uncategorized 1 ★★★★

Review: Your Inner FishTitle: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Author: Neil Shubin
Source: Library
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Rating:four-stars

Summary: Despite a very simple message, the author’s enthusiasm, plus clear prose and images, made this accessible and compulsively readable.

Paleontologist Neil Shubin primarily studies ancient fish, but he uses what he learns to gain new insights into human anatomy and our evolutionary past.  By examining living and ancient fish, it’s possible to trace the history of many aspects of human anatomy. As he explains this history, we also get to learn about the process by which his lab continues to make new discoveries. Read more »

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