The scales of the ocellated lizard are surprisingly coordinated

Lizard grows into its flashy skin using a computer-like process

ocellated lizard

SPECKLED SKIN  The green and black spots on the back of an ocellated lizard are arranged according to the rules of a cellular automaton, a concept from computer science. Scales flip colors depending on the colors of their neighbors.

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