Chameleons change color by rearranging nanocrystals in skin

March 10, 2015 8:02 PM

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Chameleons change color by rearranging nanocrystals in skin

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, the cells get their reflective abilities via tiny embedded crystals called guanine nanocrystals.

These crystals are vital to a variety of chameleon species who use color changes as part of complex social signaling routines, such as interaction with a potential mate.

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