Theoretically: could a warm-blooded animal change skin colour like a...

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Aracaeli

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Is there any particular reason why a a warm blooded species (theoretically) could not change its skin in the manner of a chameleon, or an octapus?
Chris

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Feb 1, 2008
 
Theres no reason why an animal couldnt adapt some kind of pigmentation which changes based on external environment. It would never be on the order of chromatophores because these are only found in fish molluscs and other cold blooded creatures. perhaps a kind of melanin based pigment translocation could develop but remember all changes are a result of natural selection and gene selection...and therefore would take longer than our lifetimes

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