Category Archives: sensory evolution blogs

Sniper-scope: mapping and understanding the visual system of nature’s underwater sniper

By Samantha Decker (Scripps College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. How animals turn the chaos of environmental stimuli into … Continue reading

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The “Nose” Knows: Olfactory Receptor Losses Explain the Transition to Herbivory in Flies

By Madison Dipman (Pomona College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. A puzzling discrepancy exists in the world of insects. … Continue reading

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Blind Sharks: Detect Magnetic Fields?

By Kimberly Coombs (Claremont McKenna College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. Sharks are most commonly known as visual predators; … Continue reading

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Blind cavefish: social butterfly or awkward turtle?

By Nour Bundogji (Pitzer College), Niti Nagar (Claremont McKenna College), and Sachin Shah (Claremont McKenna College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. … Continue reading

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One fish, two fish, red fish, blind fish

By Nour Bundogji (Pitzer College), Niti Nagar (Claremont McKenna College), and Sachin Shah (Claremont McKenna College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. … Continue reading

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Neuronal nonlinearity: explaining a visual conundrum

By Madison Knaub (Claremont McKenna College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. How it all began: From Galileo to the … Continue reading

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What genes tell us about pinhole- and camera-eye evolution in cephalopods

By Nolan Lassiter (Pitzer College) and Ryan Madden (Pitzer College) [Edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the W.M. Keck Science Department. Written for educational purposes only]. Imagine how difficult it … Continue reading

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