Your Inner Fish
Based on Neil Shubin's popular book, this series transports viewers deep into the human body to discover the vestiges that connect us to animals from the distant past. Shubin, a University of Chicago anatomist, reveals why our hands resemble the fins of ancient fish, our ears link us to the earliest amphibians, and our genomes carry traces of our reptilian and primate ancestors. In short, it reveals that the human body is a walking museum of the history of life on earth.
Your Inner Fish (#101) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build our hands and limbs.
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Your Inner Reptile (#102) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
A key moment in our evolutionary saga occurred 200 million years ago, when the ferocious reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth were in the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. But our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.
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