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Contact: Crispin Savage
University of Adelaide

Eye Pixel Comparison

Caption: The recently discovered fossil eyes would have seen the world with over 3000 pixels (center image), giving its owner a huge visual advantage over its contemporaries, which would have seen a very blurry world with about 100 pixels (left image). This is much better than the living horseshoe crab, which sees the world as 1,000 pixels, but not as good as living dragonflies, which have the best compound eyes and see the world as ~28,000 pixels (right image).

Credit: Image by Thierry Laperousaz (South Australian Museum) and Mike Lee (South Australian Museum/University of Adelaide).

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