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Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage

By Peter Forbes

‘A revealing and entertaining review of mimicry and camouflage in nature, art, and war …’ – Natural History

Thousands of creatures worldwide have honed and practised camouflage over hundreds of millions of years.

Imitating other animals or their surroundings, nature’s fakers use mimicry to protect themselves, to attract and repel, to bluff and warn, to forage and to hide. The advantages of mimicry are obvious — but how does ‘blind’ nature do it? And how has humanity learnt to profit from nature’s ploys?

Dazzled and Deceived explores the impact of mimicry and camouflage on art, literature, military tactics and medicine across the twentieth century, and sheds new light on the greatest quest, that of understanding the processes of life at its deepest level.

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