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Fly eyes get the whole picture

Nature volume 443, pages 638639 (12 October 2006) | Download Citation


The compound eyes of ancestral flies picked up only one picture point in each facet. The evolution of a means to split up the light-sensitive cells increased this number to seven, boosting the eye's resolution greatly.

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  1. Kevin Moses is at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, Virginia 20147, USA.

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