Adaptive Significance of Zebra Stripes: Temperature Accurately Predicts Striping Patterns

January 18, 2015 11:09 AM

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You’d think that the two are completely unrelated when first thinking about it, but scientists believe that there is a connection between climate change and zebra stripes. As inconceivable as it may seem, a study published in the scientific journal Royal Society Open Science claims that zebra stripes have developed as an adaptive trait which enables the animal to regulate its body temperature.

The team of researchers concluded that temperature differences across African plains could represent a viable option of estimating the density and number of stripes among zebras living in particular regions.

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