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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized lik ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Vintage (first published 2008)
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Will Byrnes
How are embryos like fossils? How did we come to have the hands, arms, heads, bone structures, ears, eyes and many of the other parts we have? It turns out that homo sap is a very jury-rigged critter, an accumulation of biological compromises and re-purposed parts. One can look at fossils to see how we got from there, waaaay back there, to here, and one can also find, in comparing embryos of different species, evidence of our developmental history. DNA tells tales. Neil Shubin follows both paths ...more
Ahmad  Ebaid
Jul 15, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: تاريخ, علوم
بعد أول معرفة لك عن التطور بالانتخاب الطبيعي, ستجد أن العلماء ضمن هيكل تطور البشر, يقولون بأن أجداد الإنسان كانوا ضمن القردة العليا يوماً, والقردة العليا كان أجدادها حيوان ثدي أشبه بالفأر, والفأر أجداده حيوان زاحف, والزاحف ينحدر من سمكة.
سمكة!!! لقد كان انطباعي الأولي هو الدهشة الممزوجة بالفضول الشديد. الدهشة من أننا انحدرنا من شيء يبدو لي مختلف عنا تماماً, والفضول للتعرف على الأسباب التي أوصلتهم لهذه الاستنتاجات, فكان من الواضح لي أنه بالتأكيد لديهم من الأدلة القوية لدعم زعمهم هذا, وبالتأكيد فأ
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Trevor
Jul 06, 2008 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, evolution
This really was a pleasure – another book recommended by Wendy – although what I liked most about it was possibly not the most obvious things about the book. From very early on I was in a bit of a world of my own and had started to wonder what to make of the fact that palaeontologists tend to make such wonderful science writers?

I’ve said it before, but I think Gould is a better writer than Dawkins – and that is a big statement for me, as I tend to prefer an English voice over an American one. I
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فهد الفهد
السمكة داخلك: رحلة في تاريخ الجسم البشري

من نيل شوبين أحد أعضاء الفريق الذي اكتشف مستحاثة سمكة التيكتالك - والتي تعتبر حلقة في السلسلة التطورية-، يأتي هذا الكتاب الرائع والذي يناقش فيه المؤلف الكثير من المواضيع بدء من كيف يبحث عن العلماء عن المستحاثات؟ وأين؟ وكيف تطور الدماغ وتطورت العين والأذن، الكتاب رائع جداً في مجاله ويغري بقراءات أوسع.


19/ تراتب المستحاثات في صخور العالم.
21/ كيف يتم تحديد المنطقة التي سيتم البحث فيها عن المستحاثات.
24/ الطريقة المثلى لتصميم بعثة استكشافية.
24/ اكتشفت سمكتنا ال
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Katherine Furman
This book delivered exactly what I wanted: an explanation of evolution from fish (and before really) to man in layman's terms, but not moron layman--well-spoken layman. I had so many 'ah-ha!' moments while reading this book that my head began to spin a little, but in a good way. For instance, when I used to think about evolution the hardest part for me to wrap my mind around was the slow progress of body parts morphing from one form to the next. What this book enlightened me to was that it's not ...more
Michael
It was refreshing to see recent (and not so recent) discoveries about evolution of the body and brain put into an accessible book. My medium rating reflects the limited impact I got from the book due to a former career in developmental neurobiology and past reading of inspired writing on evolution from the likes of Gould, Dawkins, and Wilson. Still it’s sexy and cool to hear about how structures evolved for one purpose get adapted for new functions when opportunities for expansion of life emerge ...more
Nate
Apr 25, 2009 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
There are lots of titles out there in American bookstores that see the need to defend the idea of evolution from the claims of creationism and intelligent design. But this book is not one of them. Shubin assumes that you accept evolution to be a fact about the world and gets on with it. He is a fish paleontologist who teaches anatomy to first year medical students at the University of Chicago. If that sounds strange, it won’t so much after you’ve read his book. Paleontology and comparative anato ...more
Vince
Jul 07, 2009 Vince rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you have a semi-extensive science background, you'll probably find this book annoyingly vague. Lots of handwaving, little in the way of explanatory detail.

If you're a fan of well-written scientific prose, you'll definitely be driven around the bend. The author was chosen to write this book because he made a terrific discovery in northern Canada a few years back -- a key missing link between fish and mammals -- not because he can write his way out of a wet paper bag. Each chapter lunges hither
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain


لطالما كانت صعوبة العلوم تكمن في كونها تحديات لعقلنا في مساق التاريخ البشري ، يجتمع العقل البشري الذي يفوق سائر كائنات رقعة الكرة الأرضية ذكاءًا بآلاته وأدواته التي تتصاعد آليات تطورها مع الزمن ليقوم بإكتشافات محدودة بين الفينة والأخرى ليواجه تحديات علم أعزل فطري هو علم الأحياء ( البيولوجيا) والذي لا زالت الإحاطة بكل تجاويفه و حقائقه نوع من أنواع المستحيل ، يدرس الإنسان علم المتحجرات ( المستحاثات أو الأحافير ) ليتدرج فهمه نحو نوع التطور الذي أطلق جميع الكائنات الحية التي تجتمع فوق الكرة الأرضية
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Kapi
Dec 29, 2009 Kapi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, non-fiction
Update 12/2009: Shubin and I have just released 40 figures in this book as a deck of PowerPoint slides with the hopes that educators across the country will be able to use them in their lectures on evolution and biology. They're available for free on the Tiktaalik website: http://tiktaalik.uchicago.edu/book-to... Hope they're useful!

Review from 12/2007: Keep an eye out for this book's release in January of 2008. I worked extensively with the author while he was writing it, and was constantly ent
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Emma Sea
This is a really nice introductory book on the clues that allow us to trace our decent from single-celled bacteria. It's a good companion to David Attenborough's Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates.

https://youtu.be/o5Z4mPQBjqA

Would suit high-school-aged readers as well as adults who haven't read on the topic before.

For followup and more in-depth reading I recommend The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life
Fahad Alqurain
Apr 28, 2015 Fahad Alqurain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
انه احد افضل الكتب التي قرأتها في حياتي ولو قالوا لي أعطنا خمسة كتب أثروا فيك وغيروا مفاهيمك للحياة لا شك أن هذا الكتاب سيكون أحدهم

رائع يأخذك الى بداية نشأة الانسان ويحللها تحليلاً علمياً بأسلوب ادبي
كتاب لا بد أن تقرأه في حياتك سيغر حياتك ويقلب افكارك ،

إنني اقرا الكتاب وكأني انظر الى النجوم والعودة في الزمن . فقد بدأ ضؤ النجوم رحلته إلينا قبل دهور خلت ، قبل نشؤ العالم بزمن بعيد . إنني أحب أن افكر بأن النظر في الانسان أشبه مايكون بالتحديق في النجوم . إن كنت تعلم كيف تنظر فإن أجسامنا تصبح كبسولة
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Cindy
Apr 08, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this exploration into our human body and how it reveals pieces of our evolutionary ancestors.

You certainly don't need a science degree or much of a biology background at all to follow the steps from gills to ears or larynx. I would have appreciated more detail and a little less hand waving, but that's my inner scientist showing through.

He had a very detailed bibliography, with not just titles he drew on and others to explore, but commentary on why they might be useful. I love a
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Abu Hasan
May 04, 2015 Abu Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رغم أني غير مقتنع يموضوع التطور بالصورة التي يريد الغرب فرضها، إلا أن هذا الكتاب يستحق أكثر من 4 نجوم لأسباب منها لغة المؤلف، وأسلوبه في عرض أفكار الكتاب، ومادة الكتاب نفسها
وما عرضه المؤلف في هذا الكتاب من عجائب تكوين أعضاء الإنسان وخصائصها التشريحية، لا يزيد المؤمن إلا إيمانا بربه ويحكمته وبأنه هو من خلق الإنسان وبقية المخلوقات على هذه الصورة الفريدة، لا الصدفة ولا الإنتخاب الطبيعي ولا الصراع من أجل البقاء، وبأن التطور وما يتعلق به ليسوا سوى حلقة في مسلسل الخلق
Aya Abo3ghreb
وفي البدء كانت .... بركة طحالب!
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كتاب علمي من النوع الذي يقدم للجمهور العريض ، الذي لا يمكن له أن يتقبل البحوث العلمية الجامدة نظرة شاملة ومقربة وحديثة جدا بل وشخصية عن نظرية التطور الداروينية.

كتاب يسهل فهمه - لا أدري ربما لكوني طالبة طب بشري وجدت الأمر سهلا - علي الجميع ، فهو بالأساس مقدم للشريحة البشرية العامة المطالبة بمعرفة تاريخها الملتوي والغامض جدا.

لغته سلسلة ولكن ظني في الترجمة قد خاب وخاصة في الفصول الأولى ، تمنيت لو ترجمها أديب ساخر فروح النص الأساسي أخف بكثير من النص المتبني ، وع
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Carlo
Apr 20, 2012 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in Evolution
Recommended to Carlo by: Trevor
I knew about this book from Trevor's review some time ago. I saw it in the Bibliography of some of Dawkins' books and it that of Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne which I recently read, and I got interested to read it very soon. It is truly a remarkable work. If not for anything, just because it shows how evolution can be very helpful in making advances in Medicine. Neil Shubin, who is very well versed in Comparative Anatomy, shows how certain parts of our body can only be understood in li ...more
Magila
Feb 29, 2012 Magila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit, non-fiction, science
I threw in the towel with this book about half way through. I found it to be dull, and missing a voice. It feels mostly as if the author is trying to convince his audience that evolution is real. It's written part to the layperson, part to the scientist or student, it's neither a textbook not a successful popular work to me. I love scientific books, and could point folks to a few which I believe were amongst the best that I read in the last year or two, but this book just misses the mark.

I woul
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علي حسين
Aug 12, 2016 علي حسين rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هل سمعت يوما (بسمكة تلعب شناو و عدها رُگبة) ؟!
هل قال لك احدهم يوما بان اصلك سمكة ؟!
نعم سمكة ! .
و تدعى
(التيكتاليك) ، هي تلك السمكة المسطحة ، اكتشفها مؤلف الكتاب و فريقه عام
في القطب المنجمد الشمالي .
و التيكتاليك تمثل حلقة مفقودة في سجل الاحفوريات بين الاسماك و البرمائيات .
فقبل مليون سنة لم يكن هناك برمائيات .
و قبل مليون سنة ضهرت البرمائيات .
و بين هاتين الفترتين كان من المتوقع ان يوجد كائن يمثل حلقة وصل بين الاسماك و البرمائيات .
و هذا ما وجده نيل شوبين و فريقه فعلا .

فالتيكتاليك وجدت في صخور عم
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فتحي سرور
أنه كتاب العجائب!!!هل فكرت يوما في العلاقة بين الفواق(الزغطة)و يرقات الضفادع؟أو بين الفتاق و أسماك القرش؟؟هل فكرت من قبل في أن السبب في معظم أمراض العصر هو أستخدامنا لأجسامنا بما يخالف ما تطورت لأجله من الباية؟؟هل فكرت في مدى القرابة بينك و بين الذباب و الديدان؟؟.....و أذا كنت طالب طب:فأنت بالتأكيد تسألت مثلي عن السبب وراء الألاعيب التي تمارسها الأعصاب و الأوعية الدموية بمساراتها المعقدة علينا في بداية دراستنا للطب و ال recrurrent larngeal nerve مثال جيد.

عندما درست علم الأجنة للمرة خلال عامي الأ
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Kay
I feel bad not giving this book a higher rating. Heaven knows we can use more books that explain complex scientific material to the general public. Gifted writers such as Jonathan Weiner ( The Beak of the Finch ), David Quammen (The Flight of the Iguana), and Gilbert Waldbauer (Insects through the Seasons) have expanded my own intellectual horizons considerably, simultaneously educating and entertaining. Alas, I can’t in good conscience place Neil Shubin’s book in the same league. It read more l ...more
Lois Bujold
Nov 03, 2012 Lois Bujold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read this a few years back, but was reminded of it by the inclusion of its author and materials on the PBS DVD "What Darwin Never Knew" (2009), which I caught belatedly tonight. Excellent science writing by the actual practitioner -- highly recommended. Shubin describes his search for the fossil fish that represents the first proto-quadrupeds on land; later, the discovery is backed up and deepened by a directed search for the genes and their mechanisms that made the differences.

Ta, L.
David
May 13, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are plenty of people writing reviews about this book detailing examples of what is covered in the book, but if you are on the fence about reading it, here is what the book offers: a basic overview of phylogenetics (specifically cladistics, which tries to use novel features to determine how species are related to each other), the natural history of several important innovations in the evolution of the body plan we share with other land-based vertebrates (birds, fish, mammals), and insight i ...more
عبدالرحمن عقاب
كتابٌ حديث نسبيًا في نظرية التطوّر. يجمع فيه صاحبه كثيرًا من أوجه التشابه في الدقائق البيولوجية بين الإنسان وغيره من الكائنات كالسمك والذباب والفئران وقناديل البحر وغيرها ... ويبدأ الكاتب كتابه بقصّة اكتشافه وفريقه لسمكة "التيكتاليك" التي تعتبر حلقةً بين السمك والزواحف.
صيغ الكتاب بأسلوبٍ سهل وممتع، كما أنّه ترجم بإبداعٍ يُشكر له المترجم الفاضل "حسين غزلان"، فمن أخطر ما يواجه مثل هذه الكتب في مواضيع علميةٍ كهذه هو صعوبة "الصياغة " و " تعاسة" الترجمة.
وإذا كان الكاتب يُشير في الكتاب إلى ما يحويه
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Michael
Apr 21, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-read
This is a very important book that not only updated my knowledge on the current state of comparative anatomy in relation to evolutionary biology but also kept me turning the pages in absolute fascination. I almost read it in one sitting because I couldn't bear to put it down. No one who reads this could possibly have any doubts about the relatedness of all of life or the fact that we carry the evolutionary history of more than just humans inside us. I found the writing style less than elegant, b ...more
Orhan İnaltekin
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Libby
Jan 05, 2016 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Entertaining science writing is a too-rare thing, and Neil Shubin's effusive tour of our anatomical past is not to be missed. Shubin has a remarkable knack for explaining the overarching concepts that have shaped his own work in such a way that make them seem methodical, even inevitable. For example, in order to find an as-yet undiscovered transitional fossil fish, he described analyzing the existing fossil record and concluding the specific age of his theoretical fish and where it would have li ...more
Troy Blackford
Sep 09, 2015 Troy Blackford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique perspective on anthropology, the real theme of this book is how we can learn about universals in chordate bodyplans by studying our ancestors. Fascinating stuff, and well told.
HBalikov
May 22, 2014 HBalikov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who enjoyed the writings of paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, Steven Jay Gould, here is another master in communicating complex science to the lay person. Neil Shubin has the smarts, the skills, the enthusiasm and the insights to enlighten us on the manner in which we humans are part of the world's amazing collection of life forms past and present.

Gould taught at Harvard and was associated with the American Museum of Natural History. In remarkable parallel construction, Shubin
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Mostafa azizi
May 13, 2016 Mostafa azizi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اگر میخواهید جهان را و خودتان را آنگونه که تحقیقات علمی نشان میدهد ببینید توصیه میکنم این کتاب را بخوانید تا بدانید چگونه فرایندهای تصادفی انباشتی ما را در این گوشهی کائنات پدید آورد. داستان حیرتانگیز تایتالیک ماهی که میلیون سال پیش از آب به خشکی آمد و حیات را در خشکی کسترش داد تا دو میلیون سال پیش جانوری قد راست کند و انسان شود.
کتاب به زبان ساده نوشته شده است و داشتن سوادی در حد تحصیلات میانی و غیردانشگاهی کافیه.
جا دارد از مهدی ساجدیفر عزیز که این کتاب را در شرایطی که کتاب برای خواندن کمیاب بو
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Syrian_researchers

لقد قال كارل ساغان مرةً، بأن النظر إلى النجوم هو رحلة عبر الزمن، فقد بدأ ضوء النجوم رحلته نحو عيوننا منذ دهور خلت. وفي هذا الكتاب نكتشف أنه بإمكاننا أن نخوض رحلاتٍ رائعة عبر الزمن أيضاً، ولكن هذه المرة عن طريق النظر تحت أقدامنا إلى الصخور المدفونة في الأرض، وإلى داخل أجسامنا بالتشريح، وإلى داخل خلايانا بدراسة المورثات والكيمياء الحيوية التي نتكون منها.
في كلّ تفصيلة يأخذنا الكاتب في رحلة ممتعة عبر الزمن إلى الماضي السحيق لنشهد معه لحظات حاسمة في تاريخنا وتاريخ الحياة على الأرض، فيبدأ برحلة مع ال
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