Neil Shubin’s New Book Connects the Human Community to its Cosmic Roots

uch_033321-2University of Chicago evolutionary biologist, Neil Shubin, PhD, just published his new book, “The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People,” a follow up to his 2008 best-seller, “Your Inner Fish.”

Where “Your Inner Fish” goes back millions of years to look at the evolutionary links between human anatomy and other animals around the world, “The Universe Within” goes back billions of years and extends out to the universe to trace the impact of cosmic events on the human body.

Every organ, cell, and gene of our bodies contains artifacts of the history of the universe, solar system and planet,” said Shubin, professor and associate dean for the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. “This is the story of our deep connection to the physical world as seen in stars, rocks, and the workings of DNA.

Shubin will also be appearing on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central tonight to talk about the book. Here’s hoping he follows the #1 rule of guests appearing on that show: Don’t try to be funnier than Stephen.

Read more about the book in our Newsrooom.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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