What did you think about the reading?
My thoughts on this portion of the book are the same as they were on the first portion. At some points it can drag on, but other times it can be interesting. Overall, I found it informative yet dull, lacking the excitement that most look for when reading a book, tantamount to reading a textbook filled with anecdotes.
What did you learn?
I learned about the zone of polarizing activity as well as the hedgehog gene, and their importance in proper limb development. I was also not previously aware how important teeth are to paleontology and evolution, and the connections between teeth and skeletons. I found the information particularly surprising regarding how much study goes into teeth, and the fact that one man claims to have the ability to reproduce a whole skeleton from a single tooth. I learned about fossil expeditions as well, and fossil spotting methods. I also had never made the observation that human teeth fit together and reptile’s teeth do not.
What questions do you still have?
Shubin did an excellent job of explaining things in an easy to understand form, and because of this, I had very little questions that were left unanswered in this section.