Is why fish don’t exist fiction?
A wondrous debut from an extraordinary new voice in nonfiction, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, and—possibly—even murder. David Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world.
Do fish know they exist?
Fish can recognise members of the same species and tell if other fish are siblings, but they probably can’t identify themselves. Fish can’t see themselves, and so presumably don’t know what they look like. But they’re still able to recognise other members of their own species and join them in a shoal.
Are we actually fish?
There is nothing new about humans and all other vertebrates having evolved from fish. The conventional understanding has been that certain fish shimmied landwards roughly 370 million years ago as primitive, lizard-like animals known as tetrapods.