>Why aren't rabbits green?
pparso29 at news.idt.net
Fri Nov 15 00:37:33 EST 1996
rowan at crl.com (William H. Rowan) wrote:
>It occurred to me that the visual capabilities of predators are relavent.
>Dogs don't see in color; do any mammalian carnivores other than primates?
>I think I heard that hawks see in color. In any case, not all carnivores
>do see in color, which perhaps says something about the value of color
>vision for hunting animal prey.
>Why do we have color vision? Maybe because it helps us tell whether fruits
>are ripe and good to eat? We passed through a fruit-eating stage as primates.
>I have a theory that color vision was one of the things that led us to
>evolve increased intelligence. The idea is, that color vision increases the
>amount of information taken in by the eyes. This creates an increased
>value for brain organizations that can utilize the increased amount of
Not long ago, some psychologist reported that dogs do indeed see in color. Or
at least they are capable of distinguishing colors.
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