Your Inner Fish:
"After watching the series, it's difficult not to wonder whether it's too late to become a paleontologist or evolutionary biologist because Shubin and his peers appear to be having a blast. All in all, "Your Inner Fish" reminds us what smart TV really is..." - L.A. Times
"The show's creators want viewers to be enraptured not just by scientific results but also by the halting, messy, failure-ridden scientific process itself..." - USA Today "Shubin is an engaging guide for a trip across time and continents and complexity, making room for humor and providing clarity for non-scientists — all while asserting the imperative of scientific theory and findings in a sometimes-doubting world…" - Associated Press "Dr. Shubin conveys his enthusiasm without leaving the rest of us behind…" - New York Times "When Shubin’s eyes light up at the sight of baby monkeys and sea worms alike, it’s clear that he means what he says when he talks about the wondrous interconnectedness of life. And Your Inner Fish is, at heart, that same enthusiasm on a grand scale…" - A.V. Club
Your inner ear comes from the jawbone of a prehistoric fish. Your skin and hair can be traced to a shrew-like mammal that lived around 165 million years ago. As for your trick knee—well, you can thank your primate ancestors for that.
It took more than 350 million years for the human body to take shape. How did it become the complicated, quirky, and amazing machine it is today?
Your Inner Fish delves deep into the past to find the answers. The series will reveal a startling truth: hidden within the human body is a history of life on Earth.
That’s because our bodies carry the anatomical legacy of animals that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. From them we inherited our most remarkable features—as well as some of our strangest quirks, from hiccups to hernias.
Co-produced with Windfall Films and based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin, this three-part story takes us from Africa to the Arctic Circle to uncover the 3.5-billion-year history of the human body—and how our ancient ancestors still shape our anatomical destiny. Each episode will focus on a major transition in evolutionary history, along with the body features we inherited from a surprising collection of ancient creatures:
Episode 1: "Your Inner Fish" connects our limbs, necks and lungs to a fish with limbs that crawled onto land 375 million years ago.
Episode 2: "Your Inner Reptile" traces our hair, skin, teeth, jaws, and sense of hearing back to reptilian ancestors – from ferocious beasts that ruled the earth to a little shrew-like animal that lived 195 million years ago.
Episode 3: "Your Inner Monkey" tracks our hands, feet, color vision, spine and upright gait to our primate and hominid progenitors, who also passed on perhaps the most important legacy of all: a path to the human brain.
The series is both an epic saga and a modern-day detective story — by turns surprising, funny, and deeply profound. Come face-to-face with your "inner fish" in this completely new take on the human body. After seeing the world through Neil Shubin's eyes, you'll never look at yourself in quite the same way again!