Eye Shape May Help Distinguish Predator From Prey

#Eye Shape May Help Distinguish Predator From Prey
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/08/science/eye-shape-may-help-distinguish-predator-from-prey.html Vertical v horzonital slits, resp., for depth v field-of-view

“Why do the eyes of some animals, including goats, have
horizontal-shaped pupils, while others, such as rattlesnakes and domestic cats, have vertical slits?

It is a question that has longed intrigued researchers, and a study of 214 species published Friday suggests the answer may be strongly linked to giving animals a survival edge: vertical pupils and circular pupils help certain predators hunt, while horizontal pupils help other species spot predators from afar.”

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