Animal Eyes

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Science - 221 pages
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Animal Eyes aims to provide a comprehensive account of all known types of eye. It takes the diversity of optical mechanisms as a framework, but many other aspects of the structure and function of eyes are examined. Visual ecology, for example, the way that eyes are specifically adapted to thelifestyles of the animals that bear them, is another important theme. The 'design philosophy' of eyes is explored, too: what are the physical constraints on the way that an eye performs its functions, and how are these addressed by the different types of eye? Early and closing chapters look at theproperties of light critical to vision, and factors in eye adaptation like spatial resolution, sensitivity, and movement, while the central sections assess the capabilities of a wide variety of eye types.
 

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Contents

The origin of vision
1
Light and vision
16
What makes a good eye?
33
the evolution of the lens
56
Lens eyes on land
72
Mirrors in animals
104
Apposition compound eyes
125
Superposition eyes
156
Movements of the eyes
178
Principal symbols used in the text
201
Index
215
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Michael F Land is at Professor of Neurobiology, University of Sussex, UK. Dan-Eric Nilsson is at Professor of Zoology, University of Lund, Sweden.

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