Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

An entertaining read which reveals many fascinating facts about your very own body. This book will have you peering into the mirror or prodding about your own person with a fresh curiosity.

We are given a tour of human evolution from the fish stage. Yes read that again. Whilst most people accept evolutionary theory, this still comes as a bit of a shock to most.

We are given insight into the search for a famous "missing link", now named Tiktaalik, the bones in our arms and hands, our "fish genes", our teeth, ears, nose and eyes. Good clear illustrations help to convey several otherwise difficult to describe issues.

I enjoyed this book. It made me stop and think which is always a good sign. This author goes on to my "read" list.

4 out of 5 stars.


  1. Is it not enough that evolution obviates The Creator and teaches us that we're just a heap of meaningless molecules? You may attempt to find fulfillment by "prodding about your own person", but only God can provide true happiness. This is why such "exploration" is a sin. Check out 1 Cor 7:4.

  2. Wow great quote;

    "The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife."

    I heartily agree with both bits. The problem is my wife would discount the first and decline the second ;-(