How Do Chameleons Change Color?

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How Do Chameleons Change Color?

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New research shows chameleons actively tune nano-crystals to change their color.

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Chameleon research in Nature Communications:

"Photonic Crystals Cause Active Colour Change in Chameleons"

This research was carried out by Jérémie Teyssier, Suzanne V. Saenko, Dirk van der Marel & Michel C. Milinkovitch at the University of Geneva Department of Quantum Matter Physics and the Laboratory of Artificial and Natural Evolution (LANE)

Original videos of chameleons are here:

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For correspondence: Michel C. Milinkovitch, Laboratory of Artificial & Natural Evolution (LANE), Dept. of Genetics & Evolution, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

The melanin spreading out video is courtesy of Richard Wheeler:

Special thanks to:

Harry, Jo, Daniella and Raquel for helping me produce and film this video - it looks great thanks to you!

Dr. Derek Muller