eyes size, deer vs. bear

Submitted by Skullery....Jeff on 12/4/05 at 12:43 PM. ( ) 69.179.20.114

This may seem like a bit of a stupid question but i was just thinking about it yesterday. I do alot of skull work and was trimming out a deer and a bear yesterday and was asking myself why is the deer eyes so large and the bear eyes so small in comparison. Both animals can be noctural so i really don't have an explanation. Is it anything to do with peripheral vision or what. I sure some of you can tell me. Food for thought. Thanks...Skullery

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This response submitted by Old Fart on 12/4/05 at 1:33 PM. ( ) 64.122.57.111

One is a preditor(omnivore, if you prefer) the other is a prey animal. Not necessarily on each other, but you should get the picture. It's hunter vs hunted. You will also notice the slight difference in eye location. Deer eyes are more on the side of the head making the field of view greater. Actually neither is nocturnal, they are both active early and late making them more crepuscular, rather than nocturnal or diurnal.


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