Here’s why goats have those freaky eyes

By Rachael Feltman

In a study published last week in Science Advances, researchers from UC Berkeley and Durham University examined the pupil shapes of goats — and of 213 other land species — to look for patterns. They found that ecological niche — in other words, whether you’re the hunter or the hunted — is a great predictor of how your eyes will be shaped. It’s not an entirely new idea, but now they’ve confirmed the trend in a large number of species, and taken a closer look at how important the variation might be.

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