Tag Archives: evolution

Three isn’t enough? A dozen photoreceptor types in Mantis shrimp

By Evelyn Byer (Pitzer College) and Katie Dahl (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]. What animal is … Continue reading

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Sponge sneeze: sensing and contracting

By Daniella Dawson Rastelli (Pitzer College) and Dylan Morris (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.] Sponge contractions, why … Continue reading

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Four eyes are better than two: how proteins show evolutionary adaptation in a four-eyed fish

By Lian Guo (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.] Two eyes are usually considered the norm, probably because … Continue reading

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Can you hear me now? The evolution of malleus, incus and stapes in early hominins

By Ellie Smith (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.] Ears come in all shapes and sizes. Bird … Continue reading

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Function of Eyes in Starfish

By Ethan Bensinger (Pitzer College) and Josh Weiss (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.] Most starfish species possess … Continue reading

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The giant squid problem

Just wanted to give a quick round-up of the recent, intriguing discussion of the (potential) driving mechanism and the function of the eyes of giant squid. If you haven’t seen the paper that started it all you should most definitely … Continue reading

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Were your ancestors ticklish?

By Acacia Hori (Pitzer College) and Martha Kresz Bierut (Scripps College) [edited by Lars Schmitz, as part of BIOL 167 “Sensory Evolution”, an upper division class at the Claremont Colleges] For hundreds of years, we have assumed that the tickle … Continue reading

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