Human Vision

Human Vision

This article provides a brief overview of the evolutionary path which led to the appearance of human camera eyes which allow us to see so effectively. Features of human vision are explained including how electrical nerve impulses are transmitted from retina of the eye to the visual cortex of the human brain allowing us to ‘see’. How the brain composes images and an explanation of saccadic eye movements.

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Our Sense of Taste

Our Sense of Taste

Reasons why our hunter gatherer ancestors originally evolved a sense of taste; the five senses of taste explained; how our taste receptors are housed in our taste buds; a description of what taste buds are and how our taste receptors work; the four different types of papillae and where they are located on our tongues; the taste buds of some other organisms including catfish, cows, ducks and cats.

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Evolution of the Simple Camera Eye

Evolution of the Simple Camera Eye

Reasons for the evolution of eyesight during the period known as the Cambrian explosion; how the evolution of eyesight resulted in organisms becoming either prey or predators. An explanation of how eyesight evolved through eight simple steps; recessed light sensitive cells, the pin hole eye including a description of the eye of the nautilus mollusc; the spherical lens with greater refractive powers.

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