Evolution's Witness

How Eyes Evolved
Evolution's Witness: How Eyes Evolved. Oxford Univ. 2011. c.336p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780195369748. $75. NAT HIST
From cyanobacteria with photoreceptive chlorophyll or a prokaryote with proteorhodopsin, to the color vision of primates or the adaptations of the mammalian eye, to an aquatic environment in pinnipeds and cetaceans, this book cover the vast range of eyes that have developed and evolved. Schwab (ophthalmology, Univ. of California, Davis) is well respected in his fields of research, with many articles and book chapters to his name; he has even been featured on the prominent science blog Respectful Insolence ( Schwab draws examples from fossils and living creatures and presents them with a plethora of photo- and micrographs. The book is roughly organized by geologic eras, although most phyla or classes are followed to the current time. There are several appendixes that expand on some of the topics in the book, a good glossary, and an extensive bibliography.
VERDICT While this book would make an excellent special subject text or reference book for anatomy, histology, or evolution, the descriptions are presented as readable and engaging stories about various species, suitable for anyone interested in the subjects.
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