Discussion Questions: Evolution of Camouflage
Discuss how the evolution of camouflage depends intimately on the behavior of both the predator and prey. Discuss the likely relationship between the vision of humans and bird predators if potential prey species appear well-camouflaged to us. Discuss the possibility of camouflage in a sense other than visual look-alikes. What kind of camouflage would be most effective to an organism attempting to elude predators that hunt mainly by using their sense of smell? Can you find any examples of this kind of camouflage in the scientific literature?