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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Your Inner Fish

It begins in the city of Chicago, with a room full of human cadavers.

That's how the story begins.

We are descended from fish. It's a scientific fact supported by mountains of evidence. Much of the evidence is written in our bodies. I'm talking about evolution, of course. There's a fascinating look at your inner fish hosted on pbs.org. It's a three-part video series hosted by Dr. Neil Shubin. I'm watching it via the PBS app on an apple TV. You can watch it on your computer in the web browser, or with the PBS app on a tablet.

Dr. Shubin discovered tiktaalik rosea on Ellesmere Island. Tiktaalik is a creationist's nightmare. He wrote a book about it, and now he's doing this great series on PBS. I can't wait to see episodes 2 and 3.



added 4/20/2014: Your Inner Fish passes the Bechdel Test. There are female scientists in this documentary, in one of the scenes we have two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Also, there are some great visualizations, like when Dr. Shubin is standing on some devonian river sediments on Ellesmere Island and we watch as it is transformed into a stream bed teeming with life some 380 million years in the past. I could see how video like this would be great in a classroom teaching evolution or geology. The pbs.org website for Your Inner Fish even has a classroom guide. This is a great resource for science teaching.

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