“Finding Your Inner Fish” is about fossil expeditions to discover the first creatures to walk on land. Taking us up to the Canadian Arctic, the work led to the discovery of a fossil fish with arms and legs, lungs and gills in rocks 375 million years old. This discovery reveals the ancient history of our own bodies when our distant ancestors took the great leap from water to land.

Neil Shubin is the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and associate dean for academic strategy in the university's Biological Sciences Division. His research focuses on the evolution of new organs and he leads a laboratory that combines expeditionary paleontology and molecular biology to understand major transformations in the history of life. 

Shubin is the author of "Some Assembly Required" (2020), "The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body" (2013) and "Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body" (2008). "Your Inner Fish" was named best book of the year by the National Academy of Sciences and was developed as a miniseries for PBS which won an Emmy in 2016. 

Shubin earned his Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 and the American Philosophical Society in 2017.

Masks are required, and the maximum capacity in Higley Auditorium is 75. The event will also be livestreamed.


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