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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009 Feb 27;364(1516):497-501. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2008.0250.

Revisiting Abbott Thayer: non-scientific reflections about camouflage in art, war and zoology.

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  • 1Department of Art, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0362, USA. behrens@uni.edu

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This paper reviews the achievements of Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921), an American painter and naturalist whose pioneering writings on animal camouflage addressed shared concerns among artists, zoologists and military tacticians. It discusses his beliefs about camouflage (both natural and military) in the context of his training as an artist, with particular emphasis on three of his major ideas: countershading, ruptive (or disruptive) coloration and background picturing.

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