The Visual Trickery of Obscured Animals
In many species, stripes and splotches of concealing coloration blend almost seamlessly with the surrounding environment, providing a crucial edge in survival.
Camouflage, an adaptation to visually blend with the surrounding environment, is at once an evolutionary, psychological, and physiological phenomenon. Authors Judy Diamond and Alan Bond relate how and why certain patterns, rather than simply certain colors, have evolved to promote concealment throughout the animal kingdom. They not only discuss clever experiments that have advanced understanding of visual perception in predators and prey, but also how these patterns show up in human art and military design.
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