Cameron University to present noted paleontologist Dr. Neil Shubin, author of “Your Inner Fish”

The Cameron University Department of Biological Sciences, in conjunction with the Psi Eta chapter of Beta Beta Beta and the School of Science and Technology, is pleased to present “Your Inner Fish,” a presentation by acclaimed paleontologist and author Dr. Neil Shubin on Thursday, February 6. The presentation, made possible by the Dr. Bobby Gene Vowell Endowed Lectureship in the Physical and Biological Sciences, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Theatre and is open to the public at no charge.

photo of Neil ShubinShubin is the author of two popular science books, “The Universe Within” and the best-selling “Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body,” which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, Shubin is the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor and Associate Dean of Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected a Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

He is widely celebrated for discovering the fossil fish Tiktaalik roseae, dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals. His research focuses on the evolution of limbs, and he uses his diverse fossil findings to determine how anatomical transformations have occurred throughout the ages. Shubin’s research on anatomical features of animals has taken him all over the world, and he has conducted fieldwork in Greenland, China, Canada, much of North America and Africa.

Shubin is the author of numerous scientific papers, including more than 20 in the prestigious journals “Science” and “Nature.” He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a Miller Research Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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January 27, 2014

PR# 14-019