The Resource Evolution's witness : how eyes evolved, Ivan R. Schwab ; histology by Richard Dubielzig and Charles Schobert

Evolution's witness : how eyes evolved, Ivan R. Schwab ; histology by Richard Dubielzig and Charles Schobert

Label
Evolution's witness : how eyes evolved
Title
Evolution's witness
Title remainder
how eyes evolved
Statement of responsibility
Ivan R. Schwab ; histology by Richard Dubielzig and Charles Schobert
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "With predation and carnivory as catalysts, the first known eye appeared in a trilobite during the Cambrian explosion approximately 543 million years ago. This period was a crucible of evolution and teemed with anatomic creativity although the journey to formed vision actually began billions of years before that. The Cambrian period, however, spawned nearly all morphologic forms of the eye, followed by descent over hundreds of millions of years providing an unimaginable variety of eyes with at least ten different designs. Some eyes display spectacular creativity with mirror, scanning or telephoto optics. Some of these ocular designs are merely curiosities, while others offer the finest visual potential packed into a small space, limited only by the laws of diffraction or physiological optics. For example, some spiders developed tiny, well-formed eyes with scanning optics and three visual pigments; scallops have 40-100 eyes circling their mantle, each of which has mirror optics and contains two separate retinae per eye; deep ocean fish have eyes shaped like tubes containing yellow lenses to break camouflage; and some birds have vision five times better than ours; but this is only part of the story. Each animal alive today has an eye that fits is niche perfectly demonstrating the intimacy of the evolutionary process as no other organ could. The evolution of the eye is one of the best examples of Darwinian principles.Although few eyes fossilize in any significant manner, many details of this evolution are known and understood. From initial photoreception 3.75 billion years ago to early spatial recognition in the first cupped eyespot in Euglena to fully formed camera style eyes the size of beach balls in ichthyosaurs, animals have processed light to compete and survive in their respective niches.It is evolution's greatest gift and its greatest triumph. This is the story of the evolution of the eye"--Provided by publisher
  • "The evolution of the eye spans 3.75 billion years from single cell organisms with eyespots to Metazoa with superb camera style eyes. At least ten different ocular models have evolved independently into myriad optical and physiological masterpieces. The story of the eye reveals evolution's greatest triumph and sweetest gift. This book describes its journey"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schwab, Ivan R
Dewey number
612.8/4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP475
LC item number
.S374 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WW 101
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dubielzig, Richard R
  • Schobert, Charles
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Eye
  • Adaptation (Biology)
  • Anatomy, Comparative
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Eye
  • Adaptation, Biological
  • Anatomy, Comparative
  • Biological Evolution
  • Vision, Ocular
Target audience
adult
Label
Evolution's witness : how eyes evolved, Ivan R. Schwab ; histology by Richard Dubielzig and Charles Schobert
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-295) and index
Contents
  • Vision's big bang blazes the trail
  • The
  • age of arthropods
  • Vertebrates gain a foothold
  • Shelly fauna rule the seas
  • The
  • piscine eye develops
  • The
  • piscine eye matures
  • Insects arise to fly
  • Prologue :
  • Stealth, speed, and predation
  • The
  • age of tetrapods and terrestrials
  • Terrestrial life flourishes
  • Reptiles push the ocular envelope
  • March of the archosaurs
  • Dinosaurs and their companions
  • Cephalopods change direction
  • Snakes arise from the ground
  • The
  • Molecular genesis
  • age of birds : the eye taken to great heights
  • Pollinators coevolve
  • Mammalia diversifies
  • The
  • age of mammals
  • Planktonic soup evolves
  • Mammals return to the sea
  • The
  • visual witness and a conscious brain
  • The
  • age of first cellular life
  • The
  • age of complex cellular life
  • Eukaryotes organize and metazoans arise
  • Early animals prepare the ground
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
xvi, 306 p.
Isbn
9780195369748
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011016413
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn709682918
  • (OCoLC)709682918
  • 989384
  • 989384
Label
Evolution's witness : how eyes evolved, Ivan R. Schwab ; histology by Richard Dubielzig and Charles Schobert
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-295) and index
Contents
  • Vision's big bang blazes the trail
  • The
  • age of arthropods
  • Vertebrates gain a foothold
  • Shelly fauna rule the seas
  • The
  • piscine eye develops
  • The
  • piscine eye matures
  • Insects arise to fly
  • Prologue :
  • Stealth, speed, and predation
  • The
  • age of tetrapods and terrestrials
  • Terrestrial life flourishes
  • Reptiles push the ocular envelope
  • March of the archosaurs
  • Dinosaurs and their companions
  • Cephalopods change direction
  • Snakes arise from the ground
  • The
  • Molecular genesis
  • age of birds : the eye taken to great heights
  • Pollinators coevolve
  • Mammalia diversifies
  • The
  • age of mammals
  • Planktonic soup evolves
  • Mammals return to the sea
  • The
  • visual witness and a conscious brain
  • The
  • age of first cellular life
  • The
  • age of complex cellular life
  • Eukaryotes organize and metazoans arise
  • Early animals prepare the ground
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
xvi, 306 p.
Isbn
9780195369748
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011016413
Other physical details
ill. (chiefly col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn709682918
  • (OCoLC)709682918
  • 989384
  • 989384

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