Optimization, Constraint, and History in the Evolution of Eyes

@article{Goldsmith1990OptimizationCA,
  title={Optimization, Constraint, and History in the Evolution of Eyes},
  author={Timothy H. Goldsmith},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={1990},
  volume={65},
  pages={281 - 322}
}
  • T. Goldsmith
  • Published 1990
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Several features of the evolution of eyes and photoreceptors are examined in an effort to explore the relative roles of adaptation and historical and developmental constraints. Optical design shows clear evidence of adaptation, which is some respects approaches optima predictable from physics. The primate fovea, on the other hand, illustrates how adaptation can be channeled by developmental heritage. The primary structure of opsins reveal multiple evolutionary lineages within both Drosophila… Expand
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