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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Neil Shubin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: December 22, 1960


-- Website -- http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/faculty/shubin_n.html
-- Neil Shubin on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=neil+shubin


Illinois Connection

Shubin lives in Chicago and teaches at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Neil 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.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

The universe within :
ISBN: 9780449012956. OCLC Number: 824458531

Books on Tape,. .

Shubin takes an expansive approach to the question of why we look the way we do. Starting 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.

The universe within :
ISBN: 0307378438. OCLC Number: 783520721

Pantheon Books,. .

Shubin shows 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.

Your inner fish :
ISBN: 9780616512784. OCLC Number: 1012117452

CNIB,. .

Tells the extraordinary history of the human body: why do we look the way we do? When did we first evolve the features that we have? Why are we still able to do all the different things we do? And, finally, why do we fall ill in the way that we do? Shubin draws on the latest genetic research and his experience as an expeditionary palaeontologist to show the impact the 3.5 billion year history of life has had on our bodies. It turns out that many of our most distinctive features evolved when we were still swimming in the oceans. 2008.

Your inner fish :
ISBN: 0307277453. OCLC Number: 144598195

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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.--From publisher description.