Eumelanin- and pheomelanin-based colour advertise resistance to oxidative stress in opposite ways.

The control mechanisms and information content of melanin-based colourations are still debated among evolutionary biologists. Recent hypotheses contend that molecules involved in melanogenesis alter other physiological processes, thereby generating covariation between melanin-based colouration and other phenotypic attributes. Interestingly, several… CONTINUE READING