Your Inner Fish

April 3, 2014

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, USA


UChicago Science on the Screen

Your middle ear comes from the jawbone of a prehistoric fish. Your skin and hair can be traced to a shrew-like mammal that lived around 195 million years ago. As for your bad back — well, you can thank your primate ancestors for that. How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today?

Follow the scientific adventure story in Your Inner Fish, a new PBS series premiering April 9 at 9 p.m. on WTTW that takes a fresh look at human evolution. The series, produced by Tangled Bank Studies and Windfall Films, is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Neil Shubin, University of Chicago paleontologist and evolutionary biologist and host of ‘Scientific Chicago’ on WTTW. Using fossils, embryos and genes, Shubin reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates – the ancestors you never knew were in your family tree. This program will feature the first episode of the three-part science series.

A discussion with Neil Shubin and the Field Museum’s distinguished service curator Lance Grande follows the 60-minute screening.


Free and open to the public.

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