From: Megan <[address removed]>
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Sent: Mon, March 8,[masked]:49:04 PM
Subject: [ScienceBookClub] New Meetup: May Meetup: Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
Announcing a new Meetup for The Science Book Club Meetup Group!
What: May Meetup: Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
When: Sunday, May 16,[masked]:00 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
I wasn't planning to do two evolution books so close together, but several people requested this and actually I think we might get a lot out of having done the Dawkins book recently.
Please note the new poll about meeting locations, and also I have changed the title of the meetup group!Your Inner Fish: A Journey
into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
From Publishers Weekly:
Fish paleontologist Shubin illuminates the subject of evolution with humor and clarity in this compelling look at how the human body evolved into its present state. Parsing the millennia-old genetic history of the human form is a natural project for Shubin, who chairs the department of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago and was co-discoverer of Tiktaalik, a 375-million-year-old fossil fish whose flat skull and limbs, and finger, toe, ankle and wrist bones, provide a link between fish and the earliest land-dwelling creatures. Shubin moves smoothly through the anatomical spectrum, finding ancient precursors to human teeth in a 200-million-year-old fossil of the mouse-size part animal, part reptile tritheledont; he also notes cellular similarities
between humans and sponges. Other fossils reveal the origins of our senses, from the eye to that wonderful Rube Goldberg contraption the ear. Shubin excels at explaining the science, making each discovery an adventure, whether it's a Pennsylvania roadcut or a stony outcrop beset by polar bears and howling Arctic winds. I can imagine few things more beautiful or intellectually profound than finding the basis for our humanity... nestled inside some of the most humble creatures that ever lived, he writes, and curious readers are likely to agree.
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