New Scientific Research Reveals How Chameleons Really Change Color
Mar 13, 2015
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Chameleons are known for their ability to change their skin color in a hurry. Researchers from two departments, Quantum Matter Physics and Genetics and Evolution, at the University of Geneva came together to study how and why these creatures can change their color. It's been a common misconception that chameleons can camouflage themselves against their surroundings. In reality, chameleons are able to change in order to communicate, as well as to regulate their body temperatures.