The biology of color

Innes C. Cuthill, William L. Allen, Kevin Arbuckle, Barbara Caspers, George Chaplin, Mark E. Hauber, Geoffrey E. Hill, Nina G. Jablonski, Chris D. Jiggins, Almut Kelber, Johanna Mappes, Justin Marshall, Richard Merrill, Daniel Osorio, Richard Prum, Nicholas W. Roberts, Alexandre Roulin, Hannah M. Rowland, Thomas N. Sherratt, John SkelhornMichael P. Speed, Martin Stevens, Mary Caswell Stoddard, Devi Stuart-fox, Laszlo Talas, Elizabeth Tibbetts, Tim Caro

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Abstract

Coloration mediates the relationship between an organism and its environment in important ways, including social signaling, antipredator defenses, parasitic exploitation, thermoregulation, and protection from ultraviolet light, microbes, and abrasion. Methodological breakthroughs are accelerating knowledge of the processes underlying both the production of animal coloration and its perception, experiments are advancing understanding of mechanism and function, and measurements of color collected noninvasively and at a global scale are opening windows to evolutionary dynamics more generally. Here we provide a roadmap of these advances and identify hitherto unrecognized challenges for this multi- and interdisciplinary field.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbereaan0221
Pages (from-to)eaan0221
Number of pages9
JournalScience
Volume357
Issue number6350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Color function
  • Color perception
  • Color pigments
  • Evolution
  • Structural coloration
  • Speciation

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    Cuthill, I. C., Allen, W. L., Arbuckle, K., Caspers, B., Chaplin, G., Hauber, M. E., Hill, G. E., Jablonski, N. G., Jiggins, C. D., Kelber, A., Mappes, J., Marshall, J., Merrill, R., Osorio, D., Prum, R., Roberts, N. W., Roulin, A., Rowland, H. M., Sherratt, T. N., ... Caro, T. (2017). The biology of color. Science, 357(6350), eaan0221. [eaan0221]. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aan0221