Fish and land-animal missing link is subject of talk

Paleontologist Neil Shubin, renowned for his discovery of the so-called missing link between fish and land animals, is speaking at Vassar College following screenings of the PBS series based on his bestselling book, Your Inner FishA Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. Shubin will speak on Tuesday, March 3, in Taylor Hall, Room 102, at 5 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Shubin, a professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago, is also known for his ability to make science engaging and accessible. Jill Schneiderman, professor of earth science at Vassar, said: “Geoscientists and evolutional biologists know Shubin for his 2004 discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, the ‘fish with hands.’ But he also has a following outside the scientific community through his many public lectures, the broadcast of the documentary series based on his book and his amusing appearance on the Colbert Report.”

Shubin’s research focuses on the evolution of limbs, and he uses his diverse fossil findings to determine how anatomical transformations have occurred throughout the ages. His books Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, are both widely acclaimed. For information about accessibility at or directions to Vassar College, visit

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