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An exceptionally well-preserved Eocene dolichopodid fly eye: function and evolutionary significance.

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The exceptionally preserved eyes of an Eocene dolichopodid fly contained in Baltic amber show remarkable detail, including features at micrometre and submicrometre levels. Based on this material, we establish that it is likely that the neural superposition compound eye existed as far back as 45 Ma. The ommatidia have an open rhabdom with a trapezoidal arrangement of seven rhabdomeres. Such a structure is uniquely characteristic of the neural superposition compound eye of present-day flies. Op...

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10.1098/rspb.2008.1467

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Earth Sciences
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Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society More from this journal
Volume:
276
Issue:
1659
Pages:
1015-1019
Publication date:
2009-03-01
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
Language:
English
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pubs:82223
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uuid:c7f5dd17-0992-4bb2-b178-b2e68b4bfa46
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pubs:82223
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82223
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2012-12-19

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