CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

Human Life Was Partly Inevitable

What Fossils On Earth and the Rest of Universe Have To Say About One Another

“My goal in life is to provide evidence for the great transitions in evolution,” announced University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin, author of The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, to a standing-room-only crowd at the Petersen Automotive Museum. For six years, Shubin searched for a fossil that would show how fish became land-living creatures—amphibians.

The first step for a paleontologist looking for a certain type of fossil is to find a new place to hunt for it. Using what he called “the paleontology playbook,” Shubin …

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