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These Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Of Animal Eyes Look Out Of This World

The February issue of National Geographic features an extraordinary up-close look at the eyes of various animal species.

As part of the magazine feature, British science journalist Ed Yong discusses the anatomy and evolution of eyes, including how an animal’s environment contributes to the function and appearance of its eyes, and how it sees the world.

Yong discusses the science behind animal eyes with zoologist Dan-Eric Nilsson of Lund University in Sweden. “If you ask people what animal eyes are used for, they’ll say: same thing as human eyes,” says Nilsson in National Geographic. “But that’s not true. It’s not true at all.”

 

Cuban rock iguana

Cuban rock iguana© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Southern ground-hornbill

Southern ground-hornbill© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Gargoyle gecko

Gargoyle gecko© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

White rhinoceros

White rhinoceros© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Scarlet macaw

Scarlet macaw© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Red-eyed tree frog

Red-eyed tree frog© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Common ostrich

Common-ostrich-7© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Blue-eyed black lemur

Blue-eyed-black-lemur© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Mossy leaf-tailed gecko

Mossy-leaf-tailed-gecko© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Domestic dog

Domestic-dog© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Western lowland gorilla

Western-lowland-gorilla© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

Green tree python

Green-tree-python© David Liittschwager / National Geographic

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