04/18/2014

Discovering Your Inner Fish

17:13 minutes

Why do we hiccup? How are human hands similar to fish fins? Neil Shubin, evolutionary biologist and author of Your Inner Fish, takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.

Segment Guests

Neil Shubin

Neil Shubin is the author of Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA (Pantheon, 2020). He’s an evolutionary biologist and professor of Anatomy at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is a producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.