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  1. Why Do Goat Eyes Look The Way They Do?

    There is a new Explorer special based on an article in the latest issue of National Geographic with Michael Stevens (@tweetsauce), Unlocking The Eyes that is well worth checking out. In the video above, Michael interviews Marty Banks and William Sprague about why many prey animals like goats have the eye anatomy they do. i.e., […]

    Feb 14, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  2. How Animals And Humans See The World Differently

    There is a short video from National Geographic that is a companion to an article by Ed Yong (@edyong209) in National Geographic here.  The photography is wonderful as is typical of National Geographic and is well worth your time. For a more detailed read on the evolution of vision, be sure to check out this […]

    Jan 24, 2016 — Read more No Comments
  3. The Mystery of Neanderthal Large Eyes

    The extinct Neanderthals had orbital eye sockets that are much larger than ours.  Recently, there has been an discussion covered in a fascinating article linked the other day on the BBC discussing the large orbital eye sockets of the Neanderthals and whether these eye represented a reason for the Neanderthals’ demise or not. Helga Kolb noticed an interesting discussion […]

    Oct 5, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  4. Evo Devo Connectomics Of Sensory Circuit For Visual Navigation

    There is an interesting paper from an evo devo perspective out of the Jékely laboratory, looking at the connectomics of some of the earliest of organized visual systems in the Platynereis dumerilii larva.  They have described a visual circuit consisting of 71 neurons and 1,106 “connections”.  The cool thing about this study was that they were also […]

    Mar 14, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  5. TEDEd Evolution Of The Human Eye

    There is a great TED-Ed video on “The Evolution of the Human Eye” with some very clever animation.  The video itself is short and geared towards the college level, and while some of the conjecture at the end contains some far out statements, it is a fun few minutes.  

    Jan 11, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  6. Evolution Of The Avian Visual System

    There is a great online chapter covering the Evolution of the Avian Visual System by Scott Husband and Toru Shimizu covering everything from brain evolution in dinosaurs to retinal structure and post retinal pathways. Also, if evolution of visual systems interests you, don’t forget to read the Webvision chapter Evolution of Phototransduction, Vertebrate photoreceptors and Retina by Trevor […]

    Nov 26, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  7. Amazing Macro Photos Of Animal Eyes

    Photographer Suren Manvelyan has produced an amazing collection of photographs of eyes over the last couple of years.  He started with a phenomenal set of images from human eyes and has now expanded his collections to include 3 sets of animal eyes. Part 1, Part 2 and now Part 3. Spending some time looking through […]

    Sep 29, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  8. Glowing Sharks Have Unusual Eyes

    There are species of shark that are bioluminescent and have evolved ocular structures designed to detect faint light patterns in the deep ocean produced by other bioluminescent sharks that live at depths from 600 to 3,000 feet in the mesopelagic zone where very little sunlight reaches. These eyes as expected, have visual adaptations optimized for […]

    Aug 11, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  9. Evolution of Sight in the Animal Kingdom

    This amazing video produced by the History Channel, Vision and Evolution of the Eye is well worth 40 minutes of your time.  The evolution of visual systems is something that we here at Webvision are very interested in.  Also note that we have an excellent chapter on the Evolution of Phototransduction, Vertebrate Photoreceptors and Retina by […]

    Jul 17, 2014 — Read more 1 Comment
  10. New Webvision Chapter: Evolution of Phototransduction, Vertebrate Photoreceptors and Retina

    After much work by a number of our contributors, not the least of whom is the author of this particular effort, we have a spectacular new addition to Webvision:  A section on the Evolution of Phototransduction, Vertebrate Photoreceptors and Retina by Trevor D. Lamb.  Be sure to check it out and let us know what you […]

    May 15, 2013 — Read more No Comments
  11. Notable Paper: Molecular Analysis Of The Amphioxus Frontal Eye…

    We at Webvision have a fascination with the evolution of the eye and are always looking for interesting papers that help describe from where, how and when vision came.  This paper, Molecular analysis of the amphioxus frontal eye unravels the evolutionary origin of the retina and pigment cells of the vertebrate eye by Pavel Vopalenskya, Jiri […]

    Sep 19, 2012 — Read more No Comments