April 1, 2013

For Early Primates, a Night Filled With Color

New York Times Observatory, April 1, 2013

For Early Primates, a Night Filled With Color

By Douglas Quenqua
 
A new study suggests that primates’ ability to see in three colors may not have evolved as a result of daytime living, as has long been thought. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, are based on a genetic examination of tarsiers, the nocturnal, saucer-eyed primates that long ago branched off from monkeys, apes and humans.
 
 
 

Article based on this research:

Melin, Amanda D., et al. "Inferred L/M cone opsin polymorphism of ancestral tarsiers sheds dim light on the origin of anthropoid primates." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280.1759 (2013): 20130189.

 

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