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University of Chicago Paleontologist to Give Book Talk at UW April 6

March 21, 2017
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Neil Shubin, a renowned paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer, will visit UW next month. (John Weinstein, The Field Museum of Natural History Photo)

Neil Shubin, a renowned paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer, will visit the University of Wyoming next month.

Shubin, the Robert Bensley Distinguished Service Professor and associate dean of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, will visit campus Wednesday, April 5, through Friday, April 7. His visit is being sponsored by UW’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, and Shubin will be hosted by Matt Carling, an assistant professor in UW’s Department of Zoology and Physiology.

Shubin will give a public lecture on his book, titled “Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body,” Thursday, April 6. A reception is scheduled at 5 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium prior to the lecture and book signing. The lecture begins at 6 p.m., also in the auditorium.

The book was named “Best Book of the Year” by the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. Shubin also is the author of another science book, titled “The Universe Within.” Trained at Columbia, Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is provost of The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

He is best known for his discovery of Tiktaalik, a lobe-finned fish from the Devonian period (about 375 million years ago). Tiktaalik has a possibility of being a representative of the evolutionary transition from fish to amphibians.

Shubin was ABC News’s “Person of the Week” in April 2006 when Tiktaalik was unveiled. He made appearances on “The Colbert Report” in 2008 and 2013.

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