I've been to local zoo the other day and one lizard caught my attention: its pupils are circular, which, I thought, is not usual for reptiles. Turns out it is, but now I can't find any explanation on why some animals have one kind of pupil and others have the other. Lizards can have both, and so can snakes. The only difference I have found is that circular pupil can't shrink quite as much as a cat's-eye pupil, but that hardly explains why circular pupil even evolved in the first place as I don't see any advantage to it.
P. S. Fish only have circular pupils so that shape is older, right?..