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Mantis Shrimp Vision Reveals New Way That Animals Can See
March 25, 2008
Mantis shrimp can see the world in a way that had never been observed in any animal before, researchers report. The discovery suggests that the ability to perceive circular polarized light may lend mantis shrimp a secret mode of communication.
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