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A different perspective: 10 images of 'nature’s most exquisite creation'

The latest images from a NatGeo special.

EYES ARE A complicated part of our body.

They are our windows to the world but the human versions are different to many of the world’s other creatures. And they all differ from each other too, depending on their own needs.

In the February edition of National Geographic, Ed Yong examines the phenomenon. He shows – through wonderful photographs by David Liittschwager  - how a creature’s environment contributes to the function, form and appearance of its eyes.

In the article, Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation, he tells us if we understand the structure of an animal’s eye, we have an idea of how the animal sees the world.

Check out these 10 amazing shots Liitschwager took to help prove the point.

Cuban rock iguana

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_001 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

The eye of a Cuban rock iguana (Cyclura nubile nubila) offers a window into a fundamental truth of evolution: Form follows necessity.

Four types of cone cells in this diurnal creature’s retina provide excellent daytime colour vision. A simpler third eye on top of the lizard’s head senses light and helps regulate body temperature.

Southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_002 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Gargoyle gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_004 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_007 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Scarlet macaw (Ara macao)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_008 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

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Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus haematodus)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_010 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_013 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Domestic Dog

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_015 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_016 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)

evolution_of_eyes_ngm_022016_MM8355_014 Source: © David Liittschwager/National Geographic

All of the above images feature in the latest NatGeo magazine.


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