7 May 19: A world of undiscovered colours

Hello, folks, and welcome to a new week.

Do you take for granted being able to distinguish between different colours? I was interested to read that some scientists believe early humans were actually colourblind and could only recognise black, white, red, and only later yellow and green.

This may explain why there was no word for the colour blue and why in Homer’s Odyssey, the ocean is described as a ‘wine-red sea.’ A world without blue – blue skies, blue seas, blue vintage dresses – seems impossible to envisage.

But what if there are colours our eyes are still yet to see? Where on the spectrum could it possible lie and what hue would it be? My mind is boggling at the very thought.

Martha, The Colour File x

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