Through the eyes of animals: NatGeo’s incredible PICS of animal eyes


Cape Town - It is believed that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what if the true beauty is just there - in the eyes?

In the February issue of National Geographic magazine feature, Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation, Ed Yong discusses the anatomy and evolution of eyes, assessing how a creature’s environment contributes to the function, form and appearance of its eyes.

If we understand the structure of an animal’s eye, we have an idea of how the animal sees the world, Yong says. 

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The eerie photographs, taken by David Liittschwager, show the eyes of various creatures on the globe and not only gives an up-close look at these wonderful organs, but also offers a glimpse into the souls and function of the various, wonderful creatures we share the earth with. 

Take a look: 


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 color vision. A simpler third eye on top of the lizard’s head senses light and helps regulate body temperature.
© David Liittschwager /National Geographic




Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
© David Liittschwager /National Geographic


FOR MORE INSIDE THE EYE IMAGES CLICK HERE - Through the eyes of animals

You can also check out this incredible video, explaining the science behind the eyes of animals, and how they differ from the eyes of human beings.


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