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The evolution of the human eye - Joshua Harvey


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The human eye is an amazing mechanism, able to detect anywhere from a few photons to a few quadrillion, or switch focus from the screen in front of you to the distant horizon in a third of a second. How did these complex structures evolve? Joshua Harvey details the 500 million year story of the human eye.

Who is quoted to have said that the evolution of the human eye appears "absurd in the highest possible degree"?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Joshua Harvey
  • Director Outis
  • Sound Designer Ivan Mirković Bamby
  • Composer Bojana Vunturišević
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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