In <5417h1$32ag at uvaix3e1.comp.UVic.CA> mholmes at uvaix.uvic.ca (Martin
>>Given the fact that rabbits are rather defenceless prey animals that
>spend almost all of their life outside the warren eating against a
>green background, why haven't they evolved to be green? And why has no
>other similar mammal evolved green skin or fur, while many insects
Well, I suspect that green fur would make it more difficult for them
(despite no color vision?) to find mates. A fur color that fades too
well into the background would be a mechanism selected _against_.
The rabbit's main advantage is the ability to outpace their predators
in the act of procreation.
And if you think that above is an authoritative answer, I want to know
what you're smoking... :-)
(I just couldn't help the thought that came into mind when I saw this,
given the rabbit rate of reproduction. But it sounds convincing,
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