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Your Inner Fish Screenings: June 29

Saturday, June 29, 2024

1:30 PM-2:00 PM

Have you ever wondered why our bodies look the way they do? Why our hands have five fingers instead of six? Why we walk on two legs instead of four?

In Your Inner Fish, paleontologists and Academy scientists delve deep into the past to answer these questions. The 2014 film series reveals a startling truth: hidden within the human body is a story of life on Earth.

It took more than 350 million years for the human body to form, and this history can be traced back to the water's edge where life moved onto land and fins became limbs. Each of us carries the genetic imprint of creatures that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. From them, we inherited our most remarkable features — as well as quirks, like bad backs and hernias.

Join us for a screening of Your Inner Fish and meet the ancestor you never knew you had. Based on a best-selling book by paleobiologist Neil Shubin, this scientific journey takes us from the Arctic Circle to Pennsylvania, searching the fossil record for the many ways that our animal ancestors shaped our anatomical destiny.

Learn how our hands evolved from the fins of prehistoric fish. Discover how our skin, hair and teeth can be linked to early reptiles and how our color vision is a legacy from ancient primates. Come face- –to -face with your "inner fish" in a completely new take on the human body.

After seeing the world through this evolutionary lens, you'll never look at yourself in quite the same way again!

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


  • Everyone