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How do human eyes differ from those of most other animals?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you look at the evolutionary anatomy of eyes, you'll notice some major differences between humans and animals.

For one, humans have their eyes set closer together than many other animals, which gives us wonderful depth perception. In exchange, we lose some of our ability to have good peripheral vision, the way cows do. (Did you ever try to sneak up on a cow? She may play it cool, but she knows you're there.) These two features give us binocular vision.
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