ButterflyNet: AI Validates the First Mathematical Model of Evolution

Interesting Engineering | Aug 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM
  • Often skin or wing patterns – for scaring off predators.
  • The team, from the University of Cambridge, the University of Essex, the Natural History Museum, UK, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan used a machine-learning algorithm to test whether butterfly species do indeed co-evolve similar wing patterns for mutual benefit.
  • The researchers also discovered that Müllerian mimicry can generate entirely new patterns in butterflies by combining features from different lineages.