High on the agenda is the invention, around the time of the Cambrian explosion in body forms (more than 500 mya), and the subsequent re-invention, of the two radically different forms of eye: the camera-style eye (as we have) with a single lens, and the compound eye, with multiple repeated units each having its own lens or mirror. Using beautiful images, Schwab charts the myriad variations on these two themes that have been employed by countless species, extinct and extant, over the course of 500 million years of global experimentation, refinement, and rejection. The result is a stunning book that will serve both to introduce non-specialists to the concepts of evolution and eye evolution and also as a reference work for experts.
Trevor D Lamb
Professor of Neuroscience
John Curtin School of Medical Research
The Australian National University
Nice illustrations with plenty of species pictures of eyes.
Such is "Evolution's Witness," by Professor Ivan Schwab M.D., at once both magisterial treatise and kaleidoscopic visual treat on the subject of the evolution of eyes.
I found the text quite tedious as if it were written for someone about the age of ten.
This is an excellent book in terms of zoology and anatomy, though it requires a technical background to fully appreciate. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jan Peczkis
This is an impressive array of information and the photos are wonderful but you won't find anything in here about how eyes evolved. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bruce
it is a spectacular demonstration of, with compelling evidence for, evolution. The photographs and the research that went into the book are extraordinarily. Read morePublished 13 months ago by norman christensen
I normally don't write reviews but I feel compelled to do so in this case. I was initially intrigued by a review in Skeptic magazine and further by the reviews on Amazon.com. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James
This book is a stunning production and a full biology course in color and narrative. Kind of technical reading, but that's unavoidable for such a complex and fascinating story... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Curious Sue
I'm not sure this rating is fair but this book wasn't for me. I bought based on NPR interview with the author which was fascinating. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Donald L Fuller
Wonderful book that goes through different time periods of eye evolution and how eyes adapted to the environment in order for species to thrive and flourish. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carl
Excellent work of comparative ophthalmology in animal species that are not generally studied as well as animals common to most vision scientists. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Denny
The comments below, which appear in the product section, are lifted from a review of this book by Dan Agin in the Huffington Post and should not be published here without... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Red Giant