Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Primal Predator's Acute Vision

Anomalocaris, with a face only a mother could love, the "undisputed terror of the Cambrian seas."
The fossilized eyes of a Cambrian Era predator, Anomalocaris (meaning "strange shrimp"), have revealed the astonishing complexity of a prehistoric aquatic animal without clear precursors. Its eyes have been compared to the eyes of dragonflies, and by comparison, is superior to most modern examples of similarly-designed eyes.

(Anomalocaris eye fossils, Credit: John Paterson, University of New England)
This latest example of astonishingly sophisticated primal design, seen in predacious eyes, is seemingly out-of-place for naturalism (the belief that designs and engineering in nature formed naturally), for advanced eyes like that of dragonflies should not appear in this early period of life. That they do naturally lends support to an intelligent cause building organisms on earth.

Further Reading:
An Eye-Opening Discovery: The Remarkable Vision of Anomalocaris

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