[Radio] We Ask Not Why But How: Color vision evolution

Macro of a human eye with spectrum colors in the iris looking at camera. Picture converted to black and white except for the iris.

The ability to see in color is kind of strange, because it’s not something that’s an inherent property of light. Instead the color of something depends entirely on your sensory apparatus and the way your brain interprets the data your eye collects.

So our perception of color is definitely not the same as that of other animals. But what kind of opportunities for color vision exist and where did color vision even come from in the first place? I asked Professor Almut Kelber from Lund University in Sweden to help me out.

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