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Small Evolutionary Shifts Make Big Impacts--Like Developing Night Vision

May 20, 2009

brown capuchin monkey Minor differences in the timing of cell proliferation can explain the large differences found in the eyes of two species--owl monkeys and capuchin monkeys--that evolved from a common ancestor. Full Story

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