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.
Massimo Pigliucci has reviewed WEIT in the latest issue of Science, a review you can find here. It’s a thoughtful, fair and–I’m glad to say–a positive review. But that issue of Science is also devoted to speciation, my own area of interest, and contains half a dozen good articles on the origin of species, both overviews and research articles. If you’re an evolutionary biologist, you’ll want to peruse this issue.
Massimo’s review also singles out for special praise one of the illustrations (the human, chimp, and A. afarensis given below) produced by the intrepid artist responsible for the book’s illustrations: Kalliopi Monoyios, whom I’d recommend to anyone needing a good scientific illustrator. Her webpage is here.