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Animal Eyes

Michael F. Land and Dan-Eric Nilsson


This book provides a comparative account of all the types of eye in the animal kingdom. It gives an outline of the structure and function of each kind of eye, with an emphasis on the nature of the optical systems and the physical principles involved in image formation. The book also covers the evolution and taxonomic distribution of each type of eye, and their roles in the behaviour and ecology of the animals that possess them. In comparing the capabilities of eyes, it considers the factors that lead to good resolution of detail, and to the ability to function under a wide range of light condi ... More

Keywords: animal eyes, optical systems, image formation, resolution, light conditions, evolution, behaviour, ecology, eye movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199581139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael F. Land, author
Professor of Neurobiology, University of Sussex, UK

Dan-Eric Nilsson, author
Professor of Zoology, University of Lund, Sweden