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Life Under the Sun$
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Peter A. Ensminger

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088045

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088045.001.0001

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A More Delightful Vision

A More Delightful Vision

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Life Under the Sun

Pete A. Ensminger

Yale University Press

This chapter describes color vision, color blindness, true color blindness, and the perception of color due to variation in human visual pigment genes. This chapter discusses variation in impressionist painter Claude Monet's perception of color that came with age and the development of cataracts. The differences in gene sequences of visual pigments in different people result in different perceptions when looking at the same color. This difference, in perception of color, is even greater between humans and animals due to a variation of visual pigments. The eye of the mantis shrimp, with its trinocular vision, multitude of visual pigments, light polarization sensitivity, and its intricate movements, make it the animal with the most specialized and sophisticated eyes in the animal kingdom.

Keywords:   color blindness, true color blindness, mantis shrimp, light polarization sensitivity, eye movements, trinocular vision, pigment gene

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