Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Evolve: Eyes

Let's kick this off right, with rum!

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Ok, ok, eagles have good eyes... We knew this...
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Sparky evolution?
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The comparisons used are comparing modern animals to ancient ones. Yes, they are slow, but some animals were (are) slower than others.
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Trilobite eyes? Was that anomalocaris? No talk about flicker so far in insects. Good CGI, though. I hope that's not all they say about insect eyes. Pikaia!
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Thanks for the definition of what a vertebrate is....

More after the fold...

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That was a nice stab at ID. I approve. NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Not dinosaurs, please spend more time on insects, you know, the things that cover most of the Earth... Eyes were around long before dinosaurs, and already very well adapted.
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Neat way of figuring out how wide a field of binocular vision is.
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T. rex, how interesting :yawn:
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Those big, sexy dinosaurs are getting boring...
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Hang on, now we're talking about mammals as only being prey, but recent discoveries indicate that some mammals in the Jurassic preyed on young dinosaurs. Talk about mixing that one up... While some mammals may have been prey, it does not mean all of them were prey.
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Really sweeping generalizations rather annoy me.
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Bad puns... Very bad puns: "in the blink of an eye"? Come on, do something better.
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Aww, what cute kitties! My girlfriend says I can have a pet Jaguar! There, it's documented.
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This is one good commercial, first one, though: Evolve:Guts. This seems like a pretty good series so far, a bit childish, but pretty cool, anyway.
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"Non-avian dinosaurs," I do like that touch. But now they're going to talk about color vision.

Side note: I'm more like a gorilla... So I'm hairy, who cares?
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Ok, continuing--The evolution of primate eyes was pretty neat when talking about red being a cue to avoid said leaves. That was something I was not aware of.
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Depth perception as a means for brachiation. Something I knew, but still neat to point out.
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The show wasn't too bad, but it was way too human centered. I wish they would have talked about insect eyes far more, as well as the eyes of nautilus and pinhole eyes. They could have also talked about the pits in pit vipers. This is a form of secondary eye which I really wish they would have touched on. Good for beginners, but anyone that has taken more than two college courses in biology could probably go without seeing it.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

So will you do this type of commentary for all of the 'Evolve' series, or was this one special because the eye has so long been something that creationists have used as a 'proof' for intelligent design?

 

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