Neil Shubin was on the Colbert Report recently, just one of a growing list of scientists who have appeared on the show (including, for example, Craig Venter and Ken Miller). You may also remember seeing Shubin interviewed for the NOVA program Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial. Shubin was the man behind the discovery of the transitional fossil Tiktaalik roseae, which represents a superb example of the predictive power and massive wealth of supportive evidence within evolutionary biology.
Shubin’s book Your Inner Fish was released today, and I have been waiting eagerly for it. The excerpt I read was very well written and interesting, and the idea of having examples of human characteristics that are holdovers from our evolutionary history is very exciting for teaching. Plus, anyone who discovers such an awesome transitional species — in Canada, no less — will find his way onto my reading list.