YOUR INNER FISH − Wednesdays, April 9-23, 2014, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today? This cutting-edge science adventure series reveals a startling truth: hidden within the human body is the story of life on Earth, and the legacy of creatures that lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Based on the best-selling book by Neil Shubin, who also hosts the series, YOUR INNER FISH travels from Africa to the Arctic to uncover a 3.5-billion-year history of the human body and the cast of ancient characters that made us who we are today.
“Your Inner Fish” – Wednesday, April 9, 10:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. ET
Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build the quintessentially human feature, our hands.
“Your Inner Reptile” – Wednesday, April 16, 10:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. ET
Key events in our evolutionary saga began about 250 million years ago, when ferocious, reptile-like animals that roamed the Earth started the process of evolving into shrew-like mammals. Our reptilian ancestors left their mark on many parts of the human body, including our skin, teeth and ears.
“Your Inner Monkey” – Wednesday, April 23, 10:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. ET
Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains — but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.