Dragons colour study could fuel breakthroughs

Dragons colour study could fuel breakthroughs

The CSIRO is hoping a new Australian study of native bearded dragons could lead to breakthroughs in medicine and the gathering solar energy.

University of Melbourne scientist Dr Devi Stuart-Fox has just launched a $470,000 study investigating how and why bearded dragons change colours.

They can change colour from almost black, very dark grey, to really bright red particularly when they’re being aggressive with each other, Dr Stuart-Fox said.

What I’m particularly interested in is changes across the full range of solar radiation or solar energy.

From colours that we can’t see like the ultraviolet all the way through to the near infra-red.

Dr Stuart-Fox is hoping to get a clearer understanding of the evolution of colour changing in animals — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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