Topic: Evolution of the senses

First Magnetic Field Sensor Discovered in Animal

June 17, 2015
Magnetosensor in C. elegans worms

Researchers have identified the first sensor of the Earth’s magnetic field in an animal, finding in the brain of a tiny worm a big clue to a long-held mystery about how animals’ internal compasses work.

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New Study Shows Effects of Prehistoric Nocturnal Life on Mammalian Vision

Oct. 29, 2012

Since the age of dinosaurs, most species of day-active mammals have retained the imprint of nocturnal life in their eye structures. Humans and other anthropoid primates, such as monkeys and apes, are the only groups that deviate from this pattern, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and Midwestern University.

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