Christopher Heesy is an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona, where he teaches clinical anatomy and neuroscience. His primary research interest is in the functional and evolutionary morphology of the primate visual system.
Seeing in stereo: The ecology and evolution of primate binocular vision and stereopsis
Version of Record online: 25 FEB 2009
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Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 21–35, January/February 2009
How to Cite
Heesy, C. P. (2009), Seeing in stereo: The ecology and evolution of primate binocular vision and stereopsis. Evol. Anthropol., 18: 21–35. doi: 10.1002/evan.20195
- Issue online: 25 FEB 2009
- Version of Record online: 25 FEB 2009
- Leakey Foundation
- orbit orientation;
- da Vinci stereopsis;
- activity pattern;
- primate origins
Primates are the most visually adapted order of mammals. There is a rich history within anthropology of proposed explanations for the adaptive significance of binocular vision, especially pertaining to primate origins and evolution. Depth perception and orbit morphology have been hypothesized to be functionally related to specialized locomotor or feeding behaviors. Many of these arguments continue to this day. An understanding of specific primate visual adaptations, including binocular vision, can shed light on these long-term and heated debates.