Neil Shubin & Some Assembly Required

***This event will be held virtually. It was originally scheduled for March 19 but was canceled due to COVID-19.***

This is a pay-what-you-can event. Karl the Kraken knows we are facing tough times right now. So if you are able to purchase a copy of Some Assembly Required below, that would be great! But if you are not in a position to do so at the moment, feel free to pay what you can below. 

Join us to hear from the bestselling author of Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin, about his latest book, Some Assembly Required. Shubin gives us a lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth — a new view of the evolution of human and animal life that explains how the incredible diversity of life on our planet came to be.

Over billions of years, ancient fish evolved to walk on land, reptiles transformed into birds that fly, and apelike primates evolved into humans that walk on two legs, talk, and write. For more than a century, paleontologists have traveled the globe to find fossils that show how such changes have happened. We have now arrived at a remarkable moment; prehistoric fossils coupled with new DNA technology have given us the tools to answer some of the basic questions of our existence: How do big changes in evolution happen? Is our presence on Earth the product of mere chance? This new science reveals a multibillion-year evolutionary history filled with twists and turns, trial and error, accident and invention.

In Some Assembly Required, Neil Shubin takes readers on a journey of discovery spanning centuries, as explorers and scientists seek to understand the origins of life's immense diversity.

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.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101871331
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Published: Pantheon - March 17th, 2020

The author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish gives us a lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth--a new view of the evolution of human and animal life that explains how the incredible diversity of life on our planet came to be.


Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307277459
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. The basis for the PBS series.


The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307473271
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2013

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

In The Universe Within, Neil Shubin reveals the connection between the evolution of the cosmos and the evolution of the human body.