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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User Review  - JNSelko - LibraryThing

The most rational and easily defended explanation for the Cambrian explosion I have ever read (although rationality and defensibility do not make it true). It seems so simple now... Read full review

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User Review  - name99 - LibraryThing

Interesting, but ultimately frustrating. Parker's thesis is that what triggered the Cambrian Explosion was the evolution of decent eyes, most likely initially in trilobites. The idea is that with ... Read full review


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