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Carotenoids of the Chicken Retina

Naturevolume 140page197 (1937) | Download Citation

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THE cones of many bird and reptile retinas contain brilliantly coloured oil globules. In the chicken they are red, golden and yellow-green1,2. They possess considerable interest, for light must filter through them to enter the sensitive cone outer limbs, and they may serve, therefore, as a mechanism for colour vision3.

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    Hannover, A., Arch. Anat., 314 (1843); colour plate in Hess C., “Hdbch. vergl. Physiol.”, 4, 555 (1913).

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    Kühne, W., and Ayres, W. C., Unters. physiol. Inst. Heidelberg, 1, 341 (1878); J. Physiol., 1, 109 (1878–79).

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    Schultze, M., Arch. mikr. Anat., 2, 175 (1866); Roaf, H. E., Physiol. Rev., 13, 43 (1933).

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    Chargaff, E., Naturwiss., 20, 872 (1932).

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    Wald, G., unpublished observations.

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    Hamilton, W. F., and Coleman, T. B., J. Comp. Psych., 15, 183 (1933).

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    • GEORGE WALD
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