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Friday, February 25, 2011 - 7 PM CT

Your Inner Fish

by Professor Neil Shubin
Associate Dean and Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, The University of Chicago

What is the Lecture About?

ESI's Book Club to Celebrate Your Inner Fish: Join us during the pre-lecture event to discuss Neil Shubin's book Your Inner Fish. The book club will be led by UT evolutionary biologist Professor David Cannatella. Teachers can receive professional development credit for attendance at the book club. The book club is open to all; to RSVP and join the book club, click here. Professor Shubin will be available after the lecture to sign copies of his book Your Inner Fish . Copies of his book may be purchased at the event.

With Your Inner Fish, Professor Neil Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.

Join The Center for Inquiry for a free discussion about the presentation topic after the lecture. Interested parties should meet at the CFI table after the presentation to walk to the Texas Unions building located at the U.T. campus for this lively discussion.

Presenter's Biosketch

Neil Shubin is Associate Dean and Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at The University of Chicago. A John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, Shubin earned a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 1987 and joined the University faculty as Chairman of Organismal Biology & Anatomy in 2001. Neil Shubin researches the evolutionary origin of anatomical features of animals. He has conducted field work in Greenland, China, Canada, much of North America and Africa, and he has published multiple articles in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleobiology, as well as more than 18 articles in Science and Nature.

Additional website of interest: Meet Tiktaalik roseae, better known as the "fishapod", a 375 million year old fossil fish which was discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004. Its discovery sheds light on a pivotal point in the history of life on Earth: when the very first fish ventured out onto land. Browse online and meet Tiktaalik, here.

The Texas Natural Science Center is a world-renowned research center producing and managing a collection of 5.7 million specimens in the disciplines of paleontology, geology, biology, herpetology, ichthyology and entomology. The Center maintains close working relationships within each of these fields of study at The University of Texas at Austin. Explore the Texas Natural Science Center online to find out more about their programs here.

Review an interview online with Professor Shubin from a January 2008 appearance on the Colbert Report here. Then read a blog from Shubin's experience and his view on the importance of keeping science present in popular cultural media from the science blog Pharyngula here.

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