Rhodopsin Molecular Evolution in Mammals Inhabiting Low Light Environments

@inproceedings{Zhao2009RhodopsinME,
  title={Rhodopsin Molecular Evolution in Mammals Inhabiting Low Light Environments},
  author={Huabin Zhao and Binghua Ru and Emma C. Teeling and C G Faulkes and Shuyi Zhang and Stephen J. Rossiter},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2009}
}
The ecological radiation of mammals to inhabit a variety of light environments is largely attributed to adaptive changes in their visual systems. Visual capabilities are conferred by anatomical features of the eyes as well as the combination and properties of their constituent light sensitive pigments. To test whether evolutionary switches to different niches characterized by dim-light conditions coincided with molecular adaptation of the rod pigment rhodopsin, we sequenced the rhodopsin gene… CONTINUE READING
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