Episode 41: Eyes Before Flippers

This week early tetrapods pull themselves up on land by their eyes… metaphorically, that is. It’s the Buena Vista hypothesis and you’re going to love it.

MacIver, M. A., L. Schmitz, U. Mugan, T. D. Murphey, and C. D. Mobley. 2017. Massive increase in visual range preceded the origin of terrestrial vertebrates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1615563114.

…and the puzzle is about diagnosing a disease called stinky stink (perhaps named after something my 5-year-old says).