Your Inner Fish. . . now in paperback

February 6, 2009 • 5:03 pm


My friend and colleague Neil Shubin’s book, Your Inner Fish, has just appeared in paperback, so here’s your chance to get it at a reduced price. Neil and I have had a friendly competition going between our books (his appeared a year earlier), but I’m actually quite proud of his achievement and its role in documenting human evolution. It’s an excellent and lively read, dealing with the signs of our ancestry that remain in the human body, and it also recounts the famous story of his discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, an important transitional form between lobe-finned fish and amphibians.

Neil has a website for his book, which you can find here, and you can purchase the book on Amazon by clicking here. Highly recommended, and a New York Times nonfiction bestseller.

I should note that the illustrations for both Neil’s book and mine were done by the same illustrator, the indefatigable Kapi Monoyios, who did the cover shown above.

6 thoughts on “Your Inner Fish. . . now in paperback

  1. Welcome to the blogoshpere. PZ sent me. I haven’t read your latest book yet, but I will.

    Your colleague’s book is on my list, too.

    This orange color thing you’re using for links isn’t working so well, they’re hard to read for these 50+ eyes.


  2. I read Seeing and Believing before it became notorious and ordered a copy of Why Evolution Is True. The follow-up in Edge (the notorious phase) contained much that was good but Sam Harris blew everyone away. Who knew that the man could be that funny? Scathing, yes, but funny was a surprise.

  3. I gave it five stars at Amazon. It’d be a great extra credit project for a promising science student from 10th grade up for several reasons, e.g., its readability for students at that level, and it shows that science can provide broad and fulfilling experiences.

    I got an advance copy of Sean B. Carroll’s “Remarkable Creatures” and that’s a page turner as well, it’ll be out in four days. Carroll romanticizes the adventures of some of the key fossil hunters, showing how the heros of the past influenced young people to become the heroes of their day. I would hope the Shubin adventures documented in both of these great books will motivate today’s generation of young people to consider a career in the life sciences or geology.

  4. I loved this book, Shubin really laid out a compelling case for human ancestry. It’s possibly the best case for common ancestry I’ve read, and one book I’ll recommend to anyone who questions “how did something as complex as the eye come about?”

  5. I have read Your Inner Fish. Shubin did a great job of wrapping the evolution message in his own experiences; i.e. hunting fossil fishopods and teaching human anatomy. It makes his book stand out from the crowd as something only he could have written.

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