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10 Incredible Close Up Photos Of Animal Eyes

Eyes as the window to evolution. 
You can learn quite a bit by studying how and why animals use their vision. Science writer, Ed Yong, wrote a fascinating article on National Geographic that explores the evolution of eye anatomy and examines the role that a creature's environment plays in the development of eye function and appearance. "The variety of tasks that eyes perform is limited only by the fecundity of nature," Yong writes. "They represent a collision between the constancy of physics and the messiness of biology." Yong's article was accompanied by incredible close-up images by photographer David Liittschwager that illustrate the diverse biology of various animal eyes.

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    Southern ground-hornbill

    the eyes of a Southern Ground Hornbill
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    White rhinoceros

    Eyes of a white rhino
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Gargoyle gecko

    close up of the eyes of a Gargoyle gecko
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Red-eyed tree frog

    red eyed tree frog
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Scarlet macaw

    Eyes of the Scarlet macaw
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Rainbow lorikeet

    eye of a rainbow lorikeet
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Domestic dog

    domestic dogs eyes close up
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Western lowland gorilla

    Eyes of the Western Lowland Gorilla
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Panther chameleon

    eye of a panther chameleon
    Via: David Liittschwager/ National Geographic

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    Cuban rock iguana

    The eye of a Cuban rock iguana
    Via: David Liittschwager/National Geographic
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