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Some assembly required : decoding four billion years of life, from ancient fossils to DNA / Neil Shubin.

Shubin, Neil, (author.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 576.8 SHU (Text) 33500013237409 New Checked out 06/10/2020
Fosston Public Library 576.8 SHU (Text) 33500013237417 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781101871331
  • ISBN: 1101871334
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
"The author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish, now gives us a lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life, that enable us to further understand whether our presence on this planet is an accident or inevitable. The great transformations in the history of life brought about whole scale shifts in how animals live and how their bodies are organized: the evolution of fish to land-living creature, the origin of birds, the beginnings of bodies in single-celled creatures. Shubin describes how over the last half-century, scientists have been able to explore how genetic recipes build bodies during embryological development--how these inventions and adaptations occur in a nonprogressive manner in different contexts, at different speeds. Paleontology has been transformed over the last 50 years by tools and techniques of molecular biology--and it is that revolution in our understanding of the evolution of life that Shubin traces here. Each of us is a mosaic of precursors that came about at different times and places, with deep rooted connections across species that Darwin, for all he understood, could never even have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    *Starred Review* Shubin's (The Universe Within, 2013) third exhilarating excursion into the ways of evolution proceeds from five words in Darwin's reply to early critics, "by a change in function." A sentence of Lillian Hellman's also informs it: "Nothing . . . begins at the time you think it did." Heeding these watchwords, Shubin shows how, well before as well as after the discovery of DNA, evolutionary biologists discovered that sea creatures developed into land-dwellers by repurposing swim bladders to be lungs, that the bacterial genome is a factory in which genes code for protein production and molecular switches turn the genes on and off, that the analysis of "monsters"—creatures with too many, too few, or misplaced appendages or parts—discloses how structural variation operates, that the genetic system evolved during the neverending combat between creatures and viruses, and that the genome is overrun with repetition. As he reveals these discoveries, along with other aspects of growth and change, Shubin also sketches the careers and achievements of dozens of great researchers, including women such as the long-neglected Julia Platt and Barbara McClintock. Shubin isn't the most prolific popular-science writer, but he is one of the best. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 May #2
    Prolific children's author and illustrator (8: An Animal Alphabet, 2015; Train, 2013) offers witty, wise, and sometimes ornery commentary about how he copes (often not well) with his young daughter's cancer diagnosis. This minimemoir starts with a parent's worst nightmare. While holding his not-quite-five-year-old daughter, Zoe, in his lap at a Chicago Cubs game, he feels a bump under her ribs. The family and doctors immediately schedule surgery. At one point, Cooper notes that "except for having a child with cancer, I am the luckiest man in the world." Readers will appreciate his honesty about his anger-management issues, which are at their worst just before his daughter's checkups to be sure she remains cancer-free. And he vents about people who smoke and go to tanning salons, who are hurting not just themselves but their loved ones. He also indulges in a little fun namedropping, including reporting on a get-together with Maurice Sendak, a fellow curmudgeon. Cooper's musings are a good reminder to count blessings, maintain a sense of humor, and live life to the fullest. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

NEIL SHUBIN is the author of Some Assembly Required, Your Inner Fish, and The Universe Within. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He lives in Chicago.

Subject: Life > Origin.
Evolution (Biology)
Evolution (Biology)
Life > Origin.

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