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Your Inner Fish, By Neil Shubin

Over centuries, comparative anatomists marveled at the complexity of form and function in animals. For example, nineteenth century anatomist Charles Bell believed that the “designed perfection of the human hand could only have a divine origin.” His contemporary, Richard Owens, proposed that the remarkably similar patterns in the hands and feet of animals as diverse as whales, dinosaurs, bats and birds fit “the plan of the Creator.” Charles Darwin suggested that a common ancestor generated this diversity of the descendants that shared variations on the original limb pattern.

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Book Review

Nature Inside and Out

The latest exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature is a provocative look at the inside of animal bodies. A technique called plastination gives durable, graphic and artistic results that allow curious viewers to see and compare biological systems of many different species. 616 more words


Bank Holiday Dead Fish Fun!

Earlier this week I attended a fascinating members’ event at the Natural History Museum on comparative anatomy. Led by Dr Ralf Britz, we looked at a range of bony fish skulls to determine homologous bones of the lower jaw. 439 more words

Book review: What if You Had Animal Hair?, by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

Markle, Sandra. What if You Had Animal Hair? Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Scholastic, 2014. $3.99. ISBN 9780545630856. Ages 6-8. P9Q8.

This is a companion to What if You Had Animal Teeth and What if You Had Animal Feet. 85 more words

Book Reviews

Well this is kind of embarrassing but inconsequential… Gary Sawyer and Mike Smith at the AMNH began a reconstruction of Lucy with help from Scott Williams… 130 more words

Physical Anthropology

Friday mystery object #246

Last weekend I had a fantastic visit to Paris and my wonderful wife gave me the best Valentines Day gift in the world, by taking me to the spectacular  86 more words

Friday Mystery Object