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Tag Archives: Neil Shubin
The Meaning of it All If there is one fundamental principle in biology it is this: every living thing on the planet had parents. Even more fundamentally, and this is obvious to anyone who observes humanity for more than a … Continue reading
These are short chapters and not quite as intense as some of the others, so I’ll combine them into one post. Plus, these two chapters are intimately related as I will describe, in some detail. After this will be … Continue reading
Making Scents The next 3 chapters (8,9, and 10) are further, very specific, examples of how common descent directly affects systems in our bodies. All mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians are descended from a common ancestor that had some traits. … Continue reading
It’s been a long time in coming, but here’s Chapter 7. First let me say that these reviews are becoming more infrequently. There are several reasons, but not least of these is that the chapters are becoming much more involved … Continue reading
The Best-Laid (Body) Plans Humans, indeed all tetrapods, have 1 head, 4 limbs arranged in two pairs, a tail, and a variety of other gross morphological features. Why? And more interestingly, where did this basic body plan come from?