I felt the same way when I first looked at the picture on page 37.
One of the things I like best so far, is that Shubin describes for us, the process he and his colleagues use to predict where in the world to look for the particular fossils they are seeking. The ability to predict successfully is a gold standard in science.
"In fact, knowing something about the deep origins of humanity only adds to the remarkable fact of our existence: all of our extraordinary capabilities arouse from basic components that evolved in ancient fish and other creatures. From common parts came a very unique construction. We are not separate from the rest of the living world; we are part of it down to our bones..."