January 16, 2008

"What is it with evolutionary biologists..."

This video of Neil Shubin on The Colbert Report is really good! If anything, it will give you a good laugh.

What is it with evolutionary biologists that they just can't let people think what they want about themselves.

Hahaha! That's hilarious!

Shubin is the co-discoverer of Tiktaalik, the famed "missing link" that marks the transition of fish from water to land. He makes a couple of excellent points on how the genetic architecture of our bodies can be "traced back" to organisms that diverged from our lineage millions upon millions of years ago, such as fish, and how relatively small modifications in the interaction between genes in this architecture can give rise to amazing variation in morphology.

I just might have to get the book he's plugging - Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.

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