Your Inner Fish
Ever since Charles Darwin made his way to the Galapagos, we've heard a lot about that fateful moment when some previously water-bound creature pulled itself up from the slowly receding seas, took a breath and began the eons-long march to humanity. What we didn't know was what that creature looked like and how, specifically, it relates to us.
Moving downward from the shoulder, the arms of Neil Shubin, fish paleontologist, are built like this: one bone, two bones, lots of bones, digits. The same is true for a bird's wing, a leopard's forward leg and the front fins of Tiktaalik, the ancient fish Shubin discovered in arctic Canada that was one of the first to walk on land.
Neil Shubin would like to introduce you to your family tree, the one with roots reaching back more than 3 billion years. In a three-part PBS series debuting Wednesday and based on Shubin's best-selling book, "Your Inner Fish," the paleontologist shares scientific research that connects humans to the early animals that made us what we are today.
Paleobiologist Neil Shubin digs up the fossils of extinct animals. Now television is bringing those fossils to life.
When Neil Shubin unearthed Tiktaalik, a 375-million-year-old fish, he knew he had found an animal with more than just fins. Inside it lived the bony foundations of all vertebrates yet to walk the earth. He talks about the discovery, and the new PBS miniseries, starting April 9, that it spawned.
Friends and colleagues who know that I illustrated Neil Shubin’s first book, Your Inner Fish, have been asking if I was involved in the three-part PBS series hosted by Shubin that will air next week on April 9th. The short answer is no. But I’m proud to say that I made this very model of Tiktaalik‘s fin that Shubin is holding in his PBS preview...
Icons of evolution don't come much uglier than Tiktaalik, the land-walking ancient fish from 375 million years ago. But Tiktaalik was acclaimed as a beautiful scientific discovery when it was announced in 2006 by paleontologist Neil Shubin and his team. The project was partially supported by the National Geographic Society.
Paleontologist Neil Shubin is driven by two big questions of human evolution: why do our bodies look the way they do and what is our place in the the natural world? His work focuses on finding the missing links that demonstrate turning points like when human hands evolved from fish fins and how gill bones transformed into jaw bones. Shubin joins Kojo to talk about his new PBS program, "Your Inner Fish."