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Our Senses: How Mammals See the World In Many Colors

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Channel: American Museum of Natural History
Categories: Anatomy   |   Biology   |   Science  
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Humans see a variety of colors because our eyes have three types of cone cells. But things don't look quite as vivid for some of our fellow mammals—some see in two colors, others just in black and white. Color vision evolved in primates about 35 million years ago. And in some species like the squirrel monkey, part of the population evolved to see a completely different colored world than the other.

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OUR SENSES, a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, delves into how our brains, adapted over millennia to help our ancestors survive their environments, work with sensory organs to shape and reframe our perceptions of everyday encounters.

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OUR SENSES is open to the public from Monday, November 20, 2017, to Sunday, January 6, 2019. Learn more at:

OUR SENSES is generously supported by Dana and Virginia Randt.

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