The different patterns of legume seeds
As I was sifting through my newly collected Jumbo bean seeds, I was wondering how different seed patterns came about.
Did they start out rather plain? Did humans select certain mutations for beauty over the centuries and create a diversity of jewel-like patterns and colors? Or is there some evolutionary advantage in the patterns, prompting different patterns to naturally proliferate in different areas? Like, maybe certain stripes or splotches help to camouflage the seeds from hungry birds?