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Title: Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Author: Neil Shubin
Publication date: January 15, 2008
Genre: Nature Writing
Recommended for: 12+
Rating: 4/5 stars

Your Inner Fish is about the paleontologist and an anatomy professor who co-discovered Tiktaalik which is “the fish with hands”. This book tells a story about our bodies that we have rarely read before. By examining DNA and fossils, he tells that human hands (believe it or not) resemble fish fins, our heads are very similar to long-extinct jawless fish, and our main parts of our genome look as well as function like those of bacteria and worms. This book makes us look at ourselves from a different angle and perspective, but wondering if we are similar to other kinds of bacteria or animals that are extinct or alive today. It also gives us a great learning experience that was told with irresistible enthusiasm.

Your Inner Fish is a very interesting book and teaches us many aspects about the 3.5 billion year journey into the human body.  From a paleontologist and an anatomy professor’s perspective on why we look the way we do is very intriguing as he tells us how through evolution, we see what we see in the mirror everyday; ourselves. The most fascinating fact he mentioned was that our hands resemble fish fins! That is so curious and surprising! This book is recommended to people who like non-fiction nature writing and ages 12+. Your Inner Fish is a National Bestseller and won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science.

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