Evolution of the vertebrate eye: Opsins, photoreceptors, retina and eye cup

Trevor D. Lamb*, Shaun P. Collin, Edward N. Pugh

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    Abstract

    Charles Darwin appreciated the conceptual difficulty in accepting that an organ as wonderful as the vertebrate eye could have evolved through natural selection. He reasoned that if appropriate gradations could be found that were useful to the animal and were inherited, then the apparent difficulty would be overcome. Here, we review a wide range of findings that capture glimpses of the gradations that appear to have occurred during eye evolution, and provide a scenario for the unseen steps that have led to the emergence of the vertebrate eye.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)960-976
    Number of pages17
    JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
    Volume8
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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