Individual Author Record
Name: Neil ShubinPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: December 22, 1960 Sites:
Illinois ConnectionShubin lives in Chicago and teaches at the University of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationNeil Shubin is an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Professor on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago along with being the Provost of the Field Museum of Natural History. He is well known for his discovery of Tiktaalik roseae.
- Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body , Pantheon Books, 2008
- The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, Pantheon Books, 2013
Titles At Your Library
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
ISBN: 0307277453 Vintage. 2009 Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy do we look the way we do? 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. 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.
The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People
ISBN: 0307378438 Pantheon. 2013
**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)**
In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin delved into the amazing connections between human bodies—our hands, heads, and jaws—and the structures in fish and worms that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. In The Universe Within, with his trademark clarity and exuberance, Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do. Starting once again with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward, showing us how the entirety of the universe’s fourteen-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. As he moves from our very molecular composition (a result of stellar events at the origin of our solar system) through the workings of our eyes, Shubin makes clear how the evolution of the cosmos has profoundly marked our own bodies.
WITH BLACK-AND-WHITE LINE DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT