17 Animals Painted by the Night Itself

17 Animals Painted by the Night ItselfIf there’s something that never ceases to amaze us, it’s nature’s tricks. A perfect example is melanism: a phenomenon that gives animals a much darker coloring than their relatives.Bright Side collected 17 photos proving that black suits absolutely everyone.Wolves often have gray, grayish white, or light brown coloring. Melanistic wolves are much less common.© Wikimedia CommonsThis rooster seems to be the fruit of someone’s imagination, but it’s real.© ImgurThe serval is one of 12 felines prone to melanism.© ImgurThis jaguar’s coloring is an example of an incomplete mutation.© ImgurA giraffe like you’ve never seen before.© ImgurMelanism is usually associated with the process of adaptation to environmental conditions, but there are exceptions, as in the case of this flamingo.© National GeographicA young royal penguin that looks really royal.© Encyclopedia of LifeBambi could look like this.© Tumblr ..


17 Animals Painted by the Night Itself

If there’s something that never ceases to amaze us, it’s nature’s tricks. A perfect example is melanism: a phenomenon that gives animals a much darker coloring than their relatives.

Bright Side collected 17 photos proving that black suits absolutely everyone.

Wolves often have gray, grayish white, or light brown coloring. Melanistic wolves are much less common.

© Wikimedia Commons

This rooster seems to be the fruit of someone’s imagination, but it’s real.

© Imgur

The serval is one of 12 felines prone to melanism.

© Imgur

This jaguar’s coloring is an example of an incomplete mutation.

© Imgur

A giraffe like you’ve never seen before.

© Imgur

Melanism is usually associated with the process of adaptation to environmental conditions, but there are exceptions, as in the case of this flamingo.

© National Geographic

A young royal penguin that looks really royal.

© Encyclopedia of Life

Bambi could look like this.

© Tumblr

Examples of pronounced melanism don’t just exist in wild nature, and this Pomeranian proves it.

© The Dogs of San Francisco

This phenomenon doesn’t cause any harm to the animals’ bodies.

© Tumblr

If animals of a darker coloring are more viable than lighter ones, the changes can be picked up by natural selection.

© Wikimedia Commons

Then they will appear again in the next generation.

© Blogspot

It’s worth admitting that such a mutation looks fantastic.

© Imgur

Over time, people have found new cases of melanism in species that didn’t tend to it previously.

© Facebook

To reptiles, the black color plays into their hands: their skin reflects light poorly, helping retain heat better.

© Imgur

So nature definitely has a reason for everything.

© Imgur

Even for a goldfish that suddenly became black!

© Twitter

Yet, unfortunately, melanistic lions don’t exist. This is a photo manipulation that became widespread and still misleads many people.

© Imgur

Preview photo credit rleverton/Imgur, phenomenalcosmicpowers/Imgur

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