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Re: Elongated Pupils



On Tue, 23 Apr 1996, Jeffrey Martz wrote:

>      What are the advantages and disadvantages of slitted pupils (like at
> least some crocodilians have) and rounded pupils, like most birds  have?
>
> LN Jeff

Presumably, slitted pupils like those of crocs and (some) cats permit a
very broad visual adaptability to differing light availability, i.e.,
cats hunt both by day and night; crocs hunt both beneath and above
water.

Most birds are either diurnal or nocturnal, and tend to stay put when not
in their own particular circadian activity-segments.  Eagles are diurnal
hunters; owls are nocturnal hunters.

I think.

Thanks,

John C. McLoughlin