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The black-backed woodpecker, for example, has evolved protective coloration that mimics the trunks of charred trees, and species such as olive-sided flycatchers use snags left by wildfires as perch sites.
While scientists are socialized to qualify their findings, journalists may see qualifications as protective coloration.
The electronic music community, which is the basic constituency of CMJ and the ICMI, takes its protective coloration more from the technical sciences than from the arts and humanities.
Because Hopkins was such a down-home stylist, he was simply behaving normally when he shortened or lengthened verses, but for the studio musicians backing him, his erratic as-I-feel-it shifts meant having to devise a neutral, protective coloration for accompaniment.