Fishapod stars in music video!


  1. #1 afterthought
    December 12, 2008

    Very cute.

  2. #2 Phaedrus
    December 12, 2008

    This was awesome!

  3. #3 Alex
    December 12, 2008

    Yay. That was tremendous. Outstanding!

    Good stuff Maynard!

  4. #4 Sastra
    December 12, 2008

    Now I know that my Darwinfish can boogie.

  5. #5 Craig
    December 12, 2008

    Wow! Great! All my students will see that for years to come.

  6. #6 Jadehawk
    December 12, 2008

    aaah. it’s a good time to be a geek :-)

  7. #7 Paper Hand
    December 12, 2008

    Weird … cute, but weird. :-)

    Tiktaalik really is a neat creature, though. :-)

  8. #8 Carlie
    December 12, 2008

    Well, it looks like SOMEONE was trying to avoid studying for finals.
    Pretty awesome, though.

  9. #9 Insightful Ape
    December 12, 2008

    Very, very cute.
    I am in awe to think my ancestor looked like that!

  10. #10 Emmet Caulfield
    December 12, 2008

    The musical biogeeks have some way to go to catchup with this musical mathgeek classic. Lest I be accused of bias, I know enough to appreciate 80% of the humour, but I’m not a mathematician.

  11. #11 Heidi Anderson
    December 12, 2008

    Makes me happy to be alive now, where everyone can express their creativity. Nothing but love for the Indoorfins and Tiktaalik, along with Neil Shubin.

  12. #12 Loki
    December 12, 2008

    good stuff :)

  13. #13 A Mac
    December 12, 2008

    I’ll have to put that on my ipod

  14. #14 yoyo
    December 12, 2008

    just sat next to a tertiary educated fundamentalist on a plane, (he even believes in the ark!) so this cheered me up. well done people, well done tiktaalik!

  15. #15 Heidi Richter
    December 12, 2008

    Also check out this interview with the artist who made that amazing Tiktaalik model (which won which won the 2008 Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize for three-dimensional art!)

  16. #16 dave
    December 12, 2008

    I dunno, scientists are not really musicians (and vice versa, no doubt). I’ll change my mind when I hear a decent Ode to the precambrian, or a maybe a good double slit fantasy in C major.

  17. #17 Kassul
    December 12, 2008

    It’s not really my preferred style of music, but the content of the song, and the video are great.

    Saved the video to my HDD, 5 star’d and favourited to hopefully give it a little bit more exposure.

  18. #18 Kevin
    December 12, 2008

    Fantastic! I finished reading Your Inner Fish (late, very late) last night, so this is a timely treat. Thanks!

  19. #19 Rob Davidson
    December 12, 2008

    Wonderfully nerdy!

  20. #20 JohnnieCanuck
    December 12, 2008

    IndoorFins vs. Endorphins. Clever lot, they are.

    Time to get out Your Inner Fish and read it again.

  21. #21 fly44d
    December 12, 2008

    That was very good. Thanks for posting that. Adds to the appreciation of being atheist, the joy of nature and discovery that some can’t seem to fathom.

  22. #22 wildcardjack
    December 12, 2008

    I was wondering if Neil’s discovery of Tiktaalik would be sufficient for a Nobel prize. Perhaps either for Physiology or Literature.

    People complain that the Nobel prizes lack certain categories, but they have to be forgiven. It’s a set of prizes defined by the man’s will, not an NGO body.

  23. #23 JoshS
    December 13, 2008

    Dave, #16 – I’m glad you said that, because I was about to kill myself listening to that one chord drone on forever.

    Music aside – OMG. I so must have a tiktaalik pet. I want to scoop him up, snuggle him, kiss his fishy little face, pet him and call him George.

  24. #24 alex
    December 13, 2008

    I’ll change my mind when I hear a decent Ode to the precambrian, or a maybe a good double slit fantasy in C major.

    have you heard David Tudor’s “Neural Synthesis”. he’s no scientist, and the piece is not exactly musical, but the composition/performance is extremely beautiful and disquieting and takes its cue from the workings of the brain.

  25. #25 Brock
    December 13, 2008

    If you wanna hear Neil Shubin talk about the Tiktaalik discovery, here’s a nifty talk (YouTube) he gave at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in October :)

  26. #26 Raynfala
    December 13, 2008

    Ahhhhh, watching that video made me nostalgic for my alma mater. Locust Walk… Hill House… the many Ben Franklin statues… The Button…


    Anybody got a cheesesteak on ’em?

  27. #27 Rheinhard
    December 13, 2008

    Ahm Raynfala, you bear me to almost the exact comment I wanted to make! I especially liked seeing the fishapod on the Button… but they left out the dueling lipsticks/tampons!

    But I am curious as to how Penn got in on it in the first place. Is it just because the music group was a Penn club, or is there some other connection between Tiktaalik and Penn that I’m not aware of?

  28. #28 Sydney S.
    December 13, 2008

    I’m all excited now because I e-mailed this to him. I’m glad it was sufficiently enjoyable for it to make it on here.

  29. #29 LUFTRITTER
    December 13, 2008


    That Tiktaalik model is awesome!

  30. #30 Sman
    December 13, 2008

    …scientists are not really musicians (and vice versa, no doubt).

    Brian May

  31. #31 SplendidMonkey
    December 13, 2008

    Great song – video meh. Anyone that can make a song about science – rocks!

  32. #32 Sman
    December 13, 2008

    ^^^Oops! Tag failure.

  33. #33 Bill Dauphin
    December 13, 2008


    PS: Is it just me, or does Neil Shubin’s voice sound a little like Tom Lehrer’s?

  34. #34 S E E Quine
    December 13, 2008

    I thought that song would be stuck in my head forever… until I listened to the mathgeek song.

    Finite simple set of order two! Arrrgh!

    No really, I like both and believe that science culture must get together and festivate, with songs and food and jokes and stuff that all stem from science and science references!

  35. #35 RickrOll
    December 13, 2008

    annoying, or awesome? Note: number

  36. #36 RickrOll
    December 13, 2008

    And also this:
    Neat movie by the way.
    Not accurate, but trippy. Low budget. Indie super-monochrome. Good style, something which i feel to be completely unique. But i may be wrong in this.

  37. #37 Cruithne
    December 13, 2008

    Pshaww and fooey to all you skeptics who don’t think science and rock music go together.

    I give you Mandelbrot Set by Jonathon Coulton

  38. #38 Sili
    December 13, 2008

    1) I love the pun.

    2) Am I the only one to think that Shubin could make a small fortune selling tik-tik-tik-tik-tik-Tiktaalik plushies?

  39. #39 Julie K
    December 13, 2008

    Very cute and I would certainly buy a Tiktaalik plushie.

    Oh, and be sure to check out Ray Troll’s Devonian Blues:

  40. #40 Raynfala
    December 13, 2008


    OMG! The Dueling Tampons! I almost forgot about those!

    The only thing missing from that video is a shot of the Tiktaalik trying to get into Smoke’s.

  41. #41 Sclerophanax
    December 13, 2008

    What a perfect thing to say to a creotard spouting the usual ‘I’m no kin to a monkey’-tripe: Your momma was a lobefinned fish!

  42. #42 mothra
    December 13, 2008

    Now I see why Ichthyostega never got a video.

  43. #43 Dave Godfrey
    December 13, 2008

    While he isn’t a scientist, the comedian Mitch Benn often writes satirical songs about scientific news stories. The song “Gecko Man” was inspired by news that a super-adhesive polymer had been developed from gecko feet and could be used to develop a working spider-man suit. Unfortunately quite a few of them don’t get broadcast because most people don’t get all the jokes.

  44. #44 ginny
    December 13, 2008

    Plushie?? DO WANT

  45. #45 Mikayla
    December 13, 2008

    The Indoorfins. LOL

  46. #46 Form&Function
    December 13, 2008

    But I am curious as to how Penn got in on it in the first place. Is it just because the music group was a Penn club, or is there some other connection between Tiktaalik and Penn that I’m not aware of?

    Your Inner Fish was the chosen text for the Penn Reading project.

  47. #47 Patricia, OM
    December 13, 2008


  48. #48 C. M. Baxter
    December 13, 2008

    I wonder if the real Tiktaalik ever dreamt that…Oh never mind.

  49. #49 Emmet Caulfield
    December 13, 2008

    Finite simple set of order two! Arrrgh!

    Finite simple group of order two.


  50. #50 Sven DiMilo
    December 13, 2008

    Chuckie ‘D’ sez:
    Embrace your inner fish

  51. #51 Lsuoma
    December 13, 2008

    All I can say is, Holy Zarquon!

  52. #52 Michael Hawkins
    December 13, 2008

    I love Tiktaalik roseae. I actually began my blog by posting about the great tiktaalik research that came out a few months ago.

  53. #53 Ryan Cunningham
    December 13, 2008

    Holy crap. The music talent is pretty serious, there! Good job!

  54. #54 cactusren
    December 13, 2008

    @ 27: As mentioned above, Your Inner Fish was part of the Penn Reading Project. Additionally, though, Neil Shubin used to be a professor at Penn, and his former student Ted Daeschler, who was also involved in describing Tiktaalik, is now at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Don’t know if either of those facts actually had anything to do with the book being chosen, or this video, but since you asked about connections…

    This totally made me miss Penn, too. And good public transit…I love the trollies!

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