Diurnality and Nocturnality in Primates: An Analysis from the Rod Photoreceptor Nuclei Perspective

  title={Diurnality and Nocturnality in Primates: An Analysis from the Rod Photoreceptor Nuclei Perspective},
  author={B. Joffe and L. Peichl and A. Hendrickson and H. Leonhardt and I. Solovei},
  journal={Evolutionary Biology},
  • B. Joffe, L. Peichl, +2 authors I. Solovei
  • Published 2013
  • Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Diurnality, associated with enhanced visual acuity and color vision, is typical of most modern Primates. However, it remains a matter of debate when and how many times primates re-acquired diurnality or returned to nocturnality. We analyzed the features specific to nocturnal and diurnal vision that were recently found in the nuclei of mammalian rod photoreceptor cells in 11 species representing various groups of the Primates and related tree shrew and colugo. In particular, heterochromatin in… CONTINUE READING
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