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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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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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Big eyes in deep divers?

I’m finally continuing my blog after being simply too busy over the last few months.  I want to resume with a series of small posts on the eyes and visual capabilities of marine mammals, because there have been a few … Continue reading

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The eyes of reef fishes

Peter and I recently published a paper in BMC Evolutionary Biology and today the final HTML and PDF versions have become available. BMC is an open access journal, so everyone can read the paper: Schmitz, L. & P.C. Wainwright (2011). … Continue reading

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The sharp eyes of a Cambrian top predator

Anomalocaris is an icon of the enigmatic marine realms of the Cambrian. Anomalocaridids are considered the top predators of Cambrian and Ordovician ecosystems, as suggested by their large size (~1m) and large frontal appendages appropriate for grasping prey, among other … Continue reading

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Ivan Schwab: “Evolution’s Witness — How Eyes Evolved”

Just a quick note: I finally received my copy of Ivan Schwab’s highly anticipated book today: “Evolution’s Witness — How Eyes Evolved” [Oxford University Press]. At first glance it impresses with absolutely stunning photos and illustrations. I also like the … Continue reading

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