In the blink of an eye: the cause of the most dramatic event in the history of life

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Free Press, 2003 - Science - 316 pages
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Examines biological evolution and the Cambrian explosion, and surmises that the development of eyesight was responsible for rapid evolution. Argues that eyesight in animals resulted in enormous pressure to evolve hard external parts as armour, and limbs to grab prey. Includes colour photos and index. Author is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Oxford University's Department of Zoology and a Research Associate of the Australian Museum and University of Sydney.

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Frustrating. Andrew Parker’s thesis is the development of vision initiated the “Cambrian Explosion” by making predators much more effective and requiring the equivalent adaptation in prey. The problem ... Read full review

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This book will open your eyes. (pun intended). Parker makes a compelling case for the reason for the "Cambrian explosion"--the development of sight by animals. Read full review


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