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In Living Colour

Credit: Roy Caldwell

Two mantis shrimp wrestling. These animals have the most comprehensive set of colour receptors known to humans. Credit: Roy Caldwell

By Noor Gillani

Colour perception is more advanced in goldfish than humans, yet researchers have tended to focus on vision in animals similar to us. Justin Marshall says this is “fundamentally stupid” and is setting his sights on a marine creature with 12 different colour receptors.

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