From the list on the deep history of the universe.
Who am I?
I’m a science journalist, podcaster and opinion columnist for the Bloomberg News Service. I’ve written for the New York Times, Science, Sky and Telescope, Psychology Today, New Scientist and other publications. I studied geophysics at Caltech, where I learned about climate change and the long history of our planet. I wrote about astrophysics and particle physics for Science Magazine before taking a job as a general science reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. There, I asked for the chance to write a weekly science column. The editors said they wanted a sex column. I made the best of it, creating a column about sex in the natural world.
Faye's book list on the deep history of the universe
Discover why each book is one of Faye's favorite books.
Why did Faye love this book?
From hiccups to hernias, the human body is rife with apparent design flaws. Why? Evolution, as it’s understood today, isn’t a ladder to perfection, and we humans can’t completely shake the anatomy of our distant ancestors – fish. Shubin describes his own work on Tiktaalik, a species that took part in the transition from fish to land animals. Its fossils hold clues to the evolution of our bodies – from the structure of our bones and joints to our organs and tissues.
This unusual look at our evolution is a reminder that while humans evolved from some common ape-like animal, our evolutionary path goes back to the very origin of life, and along the way, we incorporated many anatomical quirks that benefitted creatures with very different lifestyles.
Your Inner Fish
Why should I read it?
2 authors picked Your Inner Fish as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
The paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells a “compelling scientific adventure story that will change forever how you understand what it means to be human” (Oliver Sacks).
By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible…