Download PDF by Martin Stevens, Sami Merilaita: Animal Camouflage: Mechanisms and Function

By Martin Stevens, Sami Merilaita

ISBN-10: 0521199115

ISBN-13: 9780521199117

Within the final decade, study at the formerly dormant box of camouflage has complicated quickly, with various experiences hard conventional thoughts, investigating formerly untested theories and incorporating a better appreciation of the visible and cognitive structures of the observer. utilizing reviews of either genuine animals and synthetic platforms, this booklet synthesises the present kingdom of play in camouflage learn and knowing. It introduces the differing kinds of camouflage and the way they paintings, together with history matching, disruptive colour and obliterative shading. It additionally demonstrates the methodologies used to check them and discusses how camouflage pertains to different matters, quite with reference to what it may let us know approximately visible notion. the combination of basic learn and stories indicates scholars and researchers the place the sphere at the moment stands and the place interesting and demanding difficulties stay to be solved, illustrating how the research of camouflage is probably going to development sooner or later.

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Visual modeling shows that avian host parents use multiple visual cues in rejecting parasitic eggs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 107, 8672–8676. Stevens, M. & Cuthill, I. C. 2006. Disruptive coloration, crypsis and edge detection in early visual processing. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, 273, 2141–2147. Stevens, M. & Merilaita, S. 2009a. Animal camouflage: current issues and new perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B, 364, 423–427.

Thayer (1918). Thayer was an artist, who was interested in the use of colours and patterns for concealment, both in animals and in the military (Behrens 1988; Chapter 6). He presented a number of novel ideas about cryptic coloration, including background matching. Although many of Thayer’s ideas were relatively incomplete rather than clear hypotheses, his suggestion for the optimisation of background matching was actually very precise. Whilst pondering on animal camouflage and how this could be applied for military purposes, Thayer experimented with stencil cut-outs shaped in the form of various animals.

J. & Cuthill, I. C. 1998. Tetrachromacy, oil droplets and bird plumage colours. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 183, 621–633. Wallace, A. R. 1889. Darwinism. London: Macmillan. Wallace, A. R. 1891. Natural Selection and Tropical Nature: Essays on Descriptive and Theoretical Biology. London: Macmillan. Wilkinson, F. 1986. Visual texture segmentation in cats. Behavioural Brain Research, 19, 71–82. 3 The concealment of body parts through coincident disruptive coloration ´ Innes C. g. Merilaita 1998; Cuthill et al.

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