Your Inner Fish

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Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 1: Your Inner Fish

Neil begins a 375 million year old journey back in time in his anatomy lab in Chicago dissecting a human hand and ends in the high Arctic discovering a fish fossil that’s on the cusp of change.

It’s the story of how the basic shape of our hands and limbs can be traced back to the fins of an ancient fish that first crawled onto land. As well as hunting for fossils, he looks for the origin of limbs in the developing embryos of animals that share a common ancestor with us.

The genes that control limb growth in chickens, fruit flies and fish are also in us. This set of genes that shapes the human hand also forms the wings of chickens and the fins of fish.  By combining both fossil and DNA evidence he explores the ancient history of our bodies. According to Neil Shubin we are, every one of us, just a jerry-rigged fish.



Episode 1: Your Inner Fish How our limbs can be traced back to the fins of fish. According to Neil Shubin we are, every one of us, just a jerry-rigged fish.

Episode 2: Your Inner Reptile How our skin, teeth and acute sense of hearing can be traced back to our reptilian ancestors.

Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey How walking upright, gripping with our hands, and our excellent colour vision can be traced back to our primate ancestors.

Credits
Executive Producer (Tangled Bank)
Series Producer & Director
Editor
Edit Producer
Arctic Field Producer
Senior Producers (Tangled Bank)
Line Producer
Junior Production Manager
Junior Researcher
for PBS