Compound eyes a continuous feature of evolution

Researchers from Cologne, Tallinn, and Edinburgh have found out that the compound eyes of today’s insects and crustaceans are still constructed in much the same way as 500 million years ago. The research team looked at fossil trilobites, the extinct predecessors of spiders and crabs. However, these anthropods lacked the lenses of contemporary compound eyes. The zoologist Dr Brigitte Schoenemann and her colleagues have now published the results of their research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). …read more

Source: EurekAlert

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