Neil Shubin

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Neil Shubin
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Neil Shubin after speaking at the University of Tulsa
Born (1960-12-22) December 22, 1960 (age 54)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fields Evolutionary biology
Institutions University of Chicago
Field Museum of Natural History
Alma mater Columbia University
Harvard University Ph.D.
Thesis The morphogenesis and origin of the skeletal pattern of the tetrapod limb (1987)
Known for Discovery of Tiktaalik roseae
Notable awards

Miller Research Fellowship[1]
Guggenheim Fellowship[2]
National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences 2015 Communication Award with Michael Rosenfeld and David Dugan in Film/Radio/TV for "Your Inner Fish"

Neil Shubin (born December 22, 1960) is an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer of Russian descent. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Professor on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago along with being the Provost of the Field Museum of Natural History.[3] He is best known for his discovery of Tiktaalik roseae.


Shubin's family is originally from Russia (Шубин Shubin being a frequent Russian surname).

Shubin earned a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 1987. He also studied at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley.[4] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011.

Shubin was ABC News' "Person of the Week" in April 2006 when Tiktaalik was unveiled,[5] and made appearances on The Colbert Report January 14, 2008 and January 9, 2013.[6]

The Communication Awards of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine awarded a $20,000 prize for excellence in communicating science to the general public to Michael Rosenfeld, David Dugan, and Neil Shubin in Film/Radio/TV on October 14, 2015 for "Your Inner Fish".[7] The awards are given to individuals in four categories: books, film/radio/TV, magazine/newspaper and online, and are supported by the W. M. Keck Foundation. Neil Shubin hosted Your Inner Fish on PBS.[8] The show was produced by Windfall Films and Tangled Bank Studios, a production company for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that makes materials available for science classroom education.[9]



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