I thought I’d start yet another, surely intermittent, segment called Why evolution kicks ass! where I’ll post pictures, articles, videos, etc on all things awesomely evolutionary!
I’m going to start with an image of this awesome gecko and its ability to camouflage itself. Amazing! This species is Uroplatus pietschmanni (Cork Bark Leaf Tail Gecko).
Camouflage, such as this, is evolved in organisms to help them avoid detection by predators so they won’t become a meal. Those who do the best job at camouflaging themselves are obviously going to pass their good camouflaging genes on to their offspring, and those who do a bad job will be more likely not to pass their genes on and instead become something’s lunch. Another beautiful example of Charles Darwin’s process of Natural Selection.
For another really cool example of the evolution of camouflage see the Peppered moth.