February 24, 2016

An Exquisite Eye

Photograph by David Liittschwager

Vertebrate eyes—like this eye of a juvenile female southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)—are all variations on the same basic design, which functions much as a camera does.

See more pictures from the February 2016 feature story "Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation."

15 comments
Aaron Camm
Aaron Camm

I said to myself "that's a Southern ground hornbill" before I opened it. Isn't it nice being right all the time?

Lucy Kemp
Lucy Kemp

To check out more about the conservation of this amazing species check out www.ground-hornbill.org.za

donna fullerton
donna fullerton

Love the eyelashes and crepe laden, wrinkly eyes, a wonderful eye. 

Alycia C.
Alycia C.

This is absolutely spectacular!

C. Simonet
C. Simonet

Amazing complexity and grace of nature's design!

Should we not say that the camera functions much as vertebrate eyes do, rather? :-)

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