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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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San Diego Zoo

As part of my class on “Sensory Evolution” we went on a field trip to the San Diego Zoo. A few impressions below. Can you spot the nictitating membrane in the Komodo Dragon and the cloudy eye in the Gopher … Continue reading

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Are the eyes of giant squid unusually large?

Giant squid are arguably one of the most fascinating and enigmatic marine organisms. We just don’t know much about their natural history and morphology at all, and the little that we do know makes them even more interesting: their enormous … Continue reading

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Eyes drive diversification

Just saw a cool paper by Martin Aberhahn, Sabine Nürnberg, and Wolfgang Kiessling that came out in Paleobiology recently (Paleobiology 38(2):187-204. 2012). I have several marine mammal papers lined up that I would like to talk about, but the Aberhahn … Continue reading

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An optical illusion?

Zooplanktivory is one of the most distinct feeding niches in coral reef fish and many morphological traits have been interpreted as adaptations to feeding on plankton in the water column above the reef. One of these traditional hypotheses is that … Continue reading

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The eyes have it!

My goal is to develop this blog into an interesting resource for anyone who is interested in the evolution of eyes. In my own research I mostly focus on morphological evolution of vertebrate eyes, including reef fish, mammals, lizards, plus … Continue reading

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