A novel method for quantifying the glossiness of animals

@article{Toomey2010ANM,
  title={A novel method for quantifying the glossiness of animals},
  author={Matthew B Toomey and Michael W Butler and Melissa G. Meadows and Lisa Anne Taylor and H Bobby Fokidis and Kevin J. Mcgraw},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={64},
  pages={1047-1055}
}
The glossy sheen of healthy hair is an ideal of human beauty; however, glossiness has never been quantified in the context of non-human animal signaling. Glossiness, the specular reflectance characteristic of polished surfaces, has the potential to act as a signal of quality because it depends upon material integrity and cleanliness. Here, we undertook two studies of glossiness in avian plumage to determine (a) the repeatability of a recently developed measure of glossiness, (b) the… CONTINUE READING
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