Fish see like mammals

September 13, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: The Scientist] – The archer fish, a skilled marksmen that shoots insects down from trees by spiting streams of water, spots prey that aren’t in line with what’s behind them, an ability once thought to be found only in mammals, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) today (13th September).

The results suggest that the ability to see objects oriented differently than their backgrounds is “a fundamental building block of vision,” said Susanna Martinez-Conde, a neurobiologist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, who was not involved in the research.

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