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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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Nocturnal dinosaurs, again: the benefits of discriminant analysis in quantitative paleobiology

More on nocturnal dinosaurs, or, importantly, on our quantitative approach to infer ecology and behavior in fossil vertebrates. Hall et al.’s technical comment provided us with the opportunity to further explain the benefits of our approach. Schmitz, L. & R. … Continue reading

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Bigger eyes at high latitudes

There is a growing body of evidence that light levels have a profound effect on the evolution of eyes. Most of these studies deal with comparisons between different species, but now there is a new intriguing twist to the story. … Continue reading

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Nocturnal dinosaurs

Nocturnal dinosaurs. Wait a second! Is that right? Nocturnal (= night-active) dinosaurs? Yes, indeed. Contrary to what was commonly believed, many dinosaurs were likely nocturnal.  We have to change our perception of the dinosaur era. All details about methods, results, … Continue reading

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Eye shape revisited

In the anticipation of the publication of our dinosaur paper I thought it may be timely to highlight one of my latest papers: Schmitz, L. & R. Motani (2010). Morphological differences between the eyeballs of nocturnal and diurnal amniotes revisited … Continue reading

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