Weird Eyes

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Evolution: Education and Outreach is a relatively new journal that helps teachers, students, and scientists teach evolutionary biology. I’ve just contributed a piece to a special issue on the evolution of the eye. I take a look at a couple examples of eyes evolving in weird ways. One example may be familiar to readers of this blog–the flatfish. The other example, illustrated here, is the stalk-eyed fly. The point I try to make in the piece is that these examples are not just a couple exhibits at a freak show. They tell us something important about the forces at work in evolution. Thankfully, the editors have made the journal open-access, so you can go read it for yourself.