Fossil Shows Camouflage Is At Least 47 Million Years Old.

A 47-million-years-old fossil of a leaf-imitating insect suggested that camouflage was an ancient and successful evolutionary strategy (that still works even today!):

The 2.4-inch-long insect had physical characteristics similar to the oblong leaves of trees living there at the time, including Myrtle trees, legumes, such as alfalfa, and Laurel trees.

It also shared features with modern insect relatives in size, shape, and the designs used for camouflage. For instance, the fossil had foliage-like extensions from its abdomen.


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