Science: Natural Camouflage

The military camouflage of World War II—let alone World War I—is so crude that it would shame innumerable snakes, caterpillars, birds, fishes. For the unhappy fact is that man has failed to master many of the primary principles of protective coloration practiced by the lower animals.

So writes Zoologist Hugh B. Cott of Cambridge University in the preface of his plentifully illustrated new book, Adaptive Coloration in Animals (Oxford; $8.50). When it appeared in Britain, Cott was at once snapped up by the British armed forces to make their guns as inconspicuous as...

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