“If you ask what animal eyes are used for, they’ll say: same thing as human eyes. But that’s not true. It’s not true at all.”
In the article, 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.
Accompanying the article is a stunning collection of close-up photos by David Liittschwager. The entire gallery can be found in the February issue of National Geographic Magazine.
A complementary video can also be found (embedded below) that explores how animals and people see the world differently.
Our friends at Nat Geo were kind enough to share a special gallery from the series, for more be sure to check out the feature article.
1. Cuban rock iguana (Cyclura nubile nubila)
2. Southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
3. Gargoyle gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus)
4. Scarlet macaw (Ara macao)
5. Common ostrich (Struthio camelus)
6. Blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons)
7. Mossy leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)
8. Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
9. Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
10. Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)
February 2016 Issue