The BBC has collected a variety of theories from ophthalmologists and anthropologists regarding the evolution of perception and the reasons behind an animal’s strategic eye placement. Unlike humans, certain animals have:
In 1922, the British ophthalmologist, Edward Treacher Collins, argued that the reason for animal eye placement has a lot to do with whether the animal is a predator or a prey. For predators like tigers, wolves, and lions, their eyes appear in front of their faces for greater depth perception, allowing them to seek out their prey at a greater distance. Whereas animals like giraffes, pigeons, and deers have eyes on the sides of their head for a wider, panoramic perception to keep their predators at bay.
Putting survival and biological reasons aside, here are what 8 animals would potentially look like if they had eyes in front of their head.
1. Sharks usually have eyes that are placed a wide distance apart. This is what these sea creatures look like with tiny, beady eyes right above their teeth.
2, It’s hard to believe how a subtle change in eye placement can drastically change an animal's appearance. This is what a deer looks like with eyes in front of it’s head.
3. Hares, like rabbits, are herbivores with wide set eyes. With eyes placed closer together, these jumping animals look a lot like squirrels.
4.Interestingly, this chicken’s new look gives him more of a humanely face with eyes placed closer together.
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