Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Fish with the Forward-Looking Eyes

There's a story here to be created.... It had a faraway look in its eyes mutely expressing a history of absent parents, dead-end jobs, and dreams of Broadway.
With its unusual flattened face, the fish's eyes appear to be directed forward, something Pietsch says he's never seen in 40 years studying the structure, classification and habits of fishes. Most fishes have eyes on either side of their head so that each eye sees something different. Only very few fishes have eyes whose radius of vision overlaps in front, providing binocular vision, a special attribute well developed in humans that provides the ability to accurately judge distance.

1 comment:

MT said...

Genus Prospectus? DOn't they always say that past systematics is no guarantee of taxonomy?