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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
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Apr 29, 08

Read in January, 2008

This one is a little heartbreaking--I really wanted to like it, but couldn't. Shubin is an excellent evolutionary biologist, with an interesting story to tell--among other things, he discovered a "missing link" fossil, intermediate between fish and land vertebrates. He tells the story of evolution by emphasizing how each new species is built from the parts of those that preceded it. It's an important part of how evolution works, and goodness knows we need more scientists to take up the job of sharing the work they do with the broader public. But I'm afraid Shubin's writing (from overall organization right on down to word choice) gets in the way of what could have been a fine little book. Fingers crossed, his next effort will be a little more polished!
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