- By Neil Shubin

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

  • Title: Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
  • Author: Neil Shubin
  • ISBN: 9780375424472
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Your Inner Fish A Journey Into the Billion Year History of the Human Body Why do we look the way we do What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly Are breasts sweat glands and scales connected in some way To better understand the inner workings of our b

    Why do we look the way we do What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today s most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources worms, flies, and even fish.Neil Shubin, a leading paleontoloWhy do we look the way we do What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today s most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources worms, flies, and even fish.Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik the missing link that made headlines around the world in April 2006 tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.Shubin makes us see ourselves and our world in a completely new light Your Inner Fish is science writing at its finest enlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

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    1. How are embryos like fossils? How did we come to have the hands, arms, heads, bone structures, ears, eyes and many of the other parts we have? It turns out that homo sap is a very jury-rigged critter, an accumulation of biological compromises and re-purposed parts. One can look at fossils to see how we got from there, waaaay back there, to here, and one can also find, in comparing embryos of different species, evidence of our developmental history. DNA tells tales. Neil Shubin follows both paths [...]

    2. بعد أول معرفة لك عن التطور بالانتخاب الطبيعي, ستجد أن العلماء ضمن هيكل تطور البشر, يقولون بأن أجداد الإنسان كانوا ضمن القردة العليا يوماً, والقردة العليا كان أجدادها حيوان ثدي أشبه بالفأر, والفأر أجداده حيوان زاحف, والزاحف ينحدر من سمكة. سمكة!!! لقد كان انطباعي الأولي هو الدهش [...]

    3. ذكر السيوطي في الجامع الصغير عن النبى صلى الله عليه و سلم أنه قال:أكرموا عمتكم النخلة فإنها خُلقت من فضلة طينة أبيكم آدم، وليس من الشجر شجرة أكرم على الله تعالى من شجرة ولدت تحتها مريم ابنت عمران، فاطعموا نساءكم الولد الرطب، فإن لم يكن فتمر.قال الشيخ الألباني في ضعيف الجامع: م [...]

    4. This really was a pleasure – another book recommended by Wendy – although what I liked most about it was possibly not the most obvious things about the book. From very early on I was in a bit of a world of my own and had started to wonder what to make of the fact that palaeontologists tend to make such wonderful science writers?I’ve said it before, but I think Gould is a better writer than Dawkins – and that is a big statement for me, as I tend to prefer an English voice over an American [...]

    5. السمكة داخلك: رحلة في تاريخ الجسم البشري من نيل شوبين أحد أعضاء الفريق الذي اكتشف مستحاثة سمكة التيكتالك - والتي تعتبر حلقة في السلسلة التطورية-، يأتي هذا الكتاب الرائع والذي يناقش فيه المؤلف الكثير من المواضيع بدء من كيف يبحث عن العلماء عن المستحاثات؟ وأين؟ وكيف تطور الدماغ [...]

    6. This book delivered exactly what I wanted: an explanation of evolution from fish (and before really) to man in layman's terms, but not moron layman--well-spoken layman. I had so many 'ah-ha!' moments while reading this book that my head began to spin a little, but in a good way. For instance, when I used to think about evolution the hardest part for me to wrap my mind around was the slow progress of body parts morphing from one form to the next. What this book enlightened me to was that it's not [...]

    7. It was refreshing to see recent (and not so recent) discoveries about evolution of the body and brain put into an accessible book. My medium rating reflects the limited impact I got from the book due to a former career in developmental neurobiology and past reading of inspired writing on evolution from the likes of Gould, Dawkins, and Wilson. Still it’s sexy and cool to hear about how structures evolved for one purpose get adapted for new functions when opportunities for expansion of life emer [...]

    8. وجهه نظري ببساطة تتلخص في عدم إيماني بنظرية التطور لتعارضها مع ما أخبرنا به الله سبحانه وتعالى في كتابه العزيز من الآيات المبينات المقتبسة بالأعلى عن قصة سيدنا آدم عليه السلام. فإذا كانت نظرية التطور قد تحقق فلا بد ان حقيقة قصة سيدنا آدم عليه السلام غير حقيقة. وهو ما يدفع للت [...]

    9. If you have a semi-extensive science background, you'll probably find this book annoyingly vague. Lots of handwaving, little in the way of explanatory detail.If you're a fan of well-written scientific prose, you'll definitely be driven around the bend. The author was chosen to write this book because he made a terrific discovery in northern Canada a few years back -- a key missing link between fish and mammals -- not because he can write his way out of a wet paper bag. Each chapter lunges hither [...]

    10. There are lots of titles out there in American bookstores that see the need to defend the idea of evolution from the claims of creationism and intelligent design. But this book is not one of them. Shubin assumes that you accept evolution to be a fact about the world and gets on with it. He is a fish paleontologist who teaches anatomy to first year medical students at the University of Chicago. If that sounds strange, it won’t so much after you’ve read his book. Paleontology and comparative a [...]

    11. لطالما كانت صعوبة العلوم تكمن في كونها تحديات لعقلنا في مساق التاريخ البشري ، يجتمع العقل البشري الذي يفوق سائر كائنات رقعة الكرة الأرضية ذكاءًا بآلاته وأدواته التي تتصاعد آليات تطورها مع الزمن ليقوم بإكتشافات محدودة بين الفينة والأخرى ليواجه تحديات علم أعزل فطري هو علم ال [...]

    12. Update 12/2009: Shubin and I have just released 40 figures in this book as a deck of PowerPoint slides with the hopes that educators across the country will be able to use them in their lectures on evolution and biology. They're available for free on the Tiktaalik website: tiktaalik.uchicago/book-to Hope they're useful!Review from 12/2007: Keep an eye out for this book's release in January of 2008. I worked extensively with the author while he was writing it, and was constantly entertained by th [...]

    13. This is a really nice introductory book on the clues that allow us to trace our decent from single-celled bacteria. It's a good companion to David Attenborough's Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates. youtu/o5Z4mPQBjqAWould suit high-school-aged readers as well as adults who haven't read on the topic before.For followup and more in-depth reading I recommend The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

    14. انه احد افضل الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي ولو قالوا لي أعطنا خمسة كتب أثروا فيك وغيروا مفاهيمك للحياة لا شك أن هذا الكتاب سيكون أحدهم رائع يأخذك الى بداية نشأة الانسان ويحللها تحليلاً علمياً بأسلوب ادبي كتاب لا بد أن تقرأه في حياتك سيغر حياتك ويقلب افكارك ،إنني اقرا الكتاب وكأ [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this exploration into our human body and how it reveals pieces of our evolutionary ancestors.You certainly don't need a science degree or much of a biology background at all to follow the steps from gills to ears or larynx. I would have appreciated more detail and a little less hand waving, but that's my inner scientist showing through.He had a very detailed bibliography, with not just titles he drew on and others to explore, but commentary on why they might be useful. I love a [...]

    16. رغم أني غير مقتنع يموضوع التطور بالصورة التي يريد الغرب فرضها، إلا أن هذا الكتاب يستحق أكثر من 4 نجوم لأسباب منها لغة المؤلف، وأسلوبه في عرض أفكار الكتاب، ومادة الكتاب نفسهاوما عرضه المؤلف في هذا الكتاب من عجائب تكوين أعضاء الإنسان وخصائصها التشريحية، لا يزيد المؤمن إلا إيم [...]

    17. كتاب غني بالمعلومات , الترجمة سيئة في بعض المواضع مع بعض التعقيد و لكن يمكن أن يزال التعقيد من خلال مشادهدة الفلم الوثائقي لهذا الكتاب على فيمو أو يوتيوب

    18. وفي البدء كانت . بركة طحالب! .كتاب علمي من النوع الذي يقدم للجمهور العريض ، الذي لا يمكن له أن يتقبل البحوث العلمية الجامدة نظرة شاملة ومقربة وحديثة جدا بل وشخصية عن نظرية التطور الداروينية. كتاب يسهل فهمه - لا أدري ربما لكوني طالبة طب بشري وجدت الأمر سهلا - علي الجميع ، فهو بالأ [...]

    19. For those who enjoyed the writings of paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, Steven Jay Gould, here is another master in communicating complex science to the lay person. Neil Shubin has the smarts, the skills, the enthusiasm and the insights to enlighten us on the manner in which we humans are part of the world's amazing collection of life forms past and present.Gould taught at Harvard and was associated with the American Museum of Natural History. In remarkable parallel construction, Shubin [...]

    20. أنه كتاب العجائب!!!هل فكرت يوما في العلاقة بين الفواق(الزغطة)و يرقات الضفادع؟أو بين الفتاق و أسماك القرش؟؟هل فكرت من قبل في أن السبب في معظم أمراض العصر هو أستخدامنا لأجسامنا بما يخالف ما تطورت لأجله من الباية؟؟هل فكرت في مدى القرابة بينك و بين الذباب و الديدان؟؟و أذا كنت طال [...]

    21. كتابٌ حديث نسبيًا في نظرية التطوّر. يجمع فيه صاحبه كثيرًا من أوجه التشابه في الدقائق البيولوجية بين الإنسان وغيره من الكائنات كالسمك والذباب والفئران وقناديل البحر وغيرها ويبدأ الكاتب كتابه بقصّة اكتشافه وفريقه لسمكة "التيكتاليك" التي تعتبر حلقةً بين السمك والزواحف. صيغ ا [...]

    22. I knew about this book from Trevor's review some time ago. I saw it in the Bibliography of some of Dawkins' books and it that of Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne which I recently read, and I got interested to read it very soon. It is truly a remarkable work. If not for anything, just because it shows how evolution can be very helpful in making advances in Medicine. Neil Shubin, who is very well versed in Comparative Anatomy, shows how certain parts of our body can only be understood in li [...]

    23. نحن عبارة عن فسيفساء مكونة من قطع واجزاء موحودة في كل مكان تقريبا على هذا الكوكب سواء كنت مقتنع بنظرية التطور او غير مقتنع بها فهذا الكتاب سيغير نظرتك للعالم رائع ممتع مذهل احتاج الى قراءة ثانية. العالم الطبيعي لديه قدرة هائلة على الادهاش و المفاجاة العالم الذي نعيش فيه منظم [...]

    24. I read this a few years back, but was reminded of it by the inclusion of its author and materials on the PBS DVD "What Darwin Never Knew" (2009), which I caught belatedly tonight. Excellent science writing by the actual practitioner -- highly recommended. Shubin describes his search for the fossil fish that represents the first proto-quadrupeds on land; later, the discovery is backed up and deepened by a directed search for the genes and their mechanisms that made the differences. Ta, L.

    25. هل سمعت يوما (بسمكة تلعب شناو و عدها رُگبة) ؟!هل قال لك احدهم يوما بان اصلك سمكة ؟!نعم سمكة ! .و تدعى (التيكتاليك) ، هي تلك السمكة المسطحة ، اكتشفها مؤلف الكتاب و فريقه عام ٢٠٠٤ في القطب المنجمد الشمالي .و التيكتاليك تمثل حلقة مفقودة في سجل الاحفوريات بين الاسماك و البرمائيات .فقب [...]

    26. I threw in the towel with this book about half way through. I found it to be dull, and missing a voice. It feels mostly as if the author is trying to convince his audience that evolution is real. It's written part to the layperson, part to the scientist or student, it's neither a textbook not a successful popular work to me. I love scientific books, and could point folks to a few which I believe were amongst the best that I read in the last year or two, but this book just misses the mark. I woul [...]

    27. I feel bad not giving this book a higher rating. Heaven knows we can use more books that explain complex scientific material to the general public. Gifted writers such as Jonathan Weiner (The Beak of the Finch), David Quammen (The Flight of the Iguana), and Gilbert Waldbauer (Insects through the Seasons) have expanded my own intellectual horizons considerably, simultaneously educating and entertaining. Alas, I can’t in good conscience place Neil Shubin’s book in the same league. It read more [...]

    28. When I was a kid, I loved to read the non-fiction books of Issac Asimov.I was fascinated by how things worked, be they natural of something man-made and Asimov wrote to inform the layman like me of the wonders of everything from physics to biology (and even the Bible).Once I worked as a lowly night janitor in a Bell Telephone office. I couldn't wait for my lunch hour to run to the basement, pull up a chair and dig into what Asimov had to say on the structure of the atom and how electricity worke [...]

    29. читала книги об эволюции, много думала о боге. многие так делают, подозреваю. думала, опять же, неоригинально - что все об одном. за вычетом ослепления и фанатизма любой теорией всегда остаётся чудо, а кто или что ему причиной - неважно. миллионы лет косточки и хрящи блуждают п [...]

    30. اگر می‌خواهید جهان را و خودتان را آن‌گونه که تحقیقات علمی نشان می‌دهد ببینید توصیه می‌کنم این کتاب را بخوانید تا بدانید چگونه فرایندهای تصادفی انباشتی ما را در این گوشه‌ی کائنات پدید آورد. داستان حیرت‌انگیز تایتالیک ماهی که ۶۰۰ میلیون سال پیش از آب به خشکی آمد و حیات را در [...]

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