Research Publication
Asst Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz
Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz is lead author on an article published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology ( Schmitz and his co-authors from UC Davis and Towson University performed a large-scale comparative study of eye size in squid and fish. While squid tend to have larger eyes than most fish, a comparison of relative eye size among squid suggests that giant and colossal squid do not have unusually large eyes when body size is accounted for. It is probable that the giant eyes of giant squid result from a phylogenetically conserved developmental pattern manifested in very large animals. Whatever the cause of large eyes, they appear to have several advantages for vision in the reduced light of the deep mesopelagic zone.  


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