Something Fishy in Your Background?


  • Hardcover: $24.00
  • Publisher: Pantheon (January 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0375424474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375424472

One of the most unusual titles currently on the Amazon Bestseller List (in the #60’s) is Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin.

The major library pre-pub review media seem to be late on this one, so many libraries may not have it yet. It was just reviewed (scroll down, almost to the end) in the January 15th issue of Library Journal. It was also covered in Booklist on January 1st (right now, it’s the “review of the day” on the site) where it received a star.

The review in today’s New York Observer gives helpful background, “When the renowned paleontologist Neil Shubin announced in 2006 that he’d discovered an ancient fossil with an uncanny resemblance to a ‘missing link’ between fish and land-dwellers, creationists responded with all the fury of pissed off-apes.” So, of course, given the “pissed off apes” response, he has also received the Colbert Report treatment. If you ever wondered how it would feel to face Stephen Colbert, Neil Shubin writes about it on the science blog “Pharyngula.”

The book is also available in audio from Books on Tape.

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