London Exhibit Explores How Animals See Color

Royal Society Exhibit
Tom Pike

Ever wonder if your cat can tell that your hair is red? Or if your dog knows that his favorite chew toy is green?

The summer exhibition at London's Royal Society lets humans see colors the way an animal would see them. Above, the bottom half of the image depicts how humans see a red squirrel, and the top half shows how squirrels see their own species' coloring. Many mammals rely on their noses so much that evolution hasn't developed their vision as much as we would think, Dr. Tom Pike told the BBC.

With the help of a UV light and camera, the interactive display at the exhibition allows visitors to see the colors that various animal species see. Humans have three photoreceptors in their eyes, but birds have four — which explains the color contrast they see in the peacock feather shown below.

Visit the BBC gallery for more information about the exhibition.

Royal Society Exhibit Peacock Feather
Tom Pike

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