Revealed at last: Biting flies behind zebras black and white stripes

April 3, 2014 8:42 AM

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Revealed at last: Biting flies behind zebras black and white stripes

Go tell this to your kids that the great riddle about black and white stripes on zebra has finally been solved. According to researchers at University of California (UC), Davis, biting flies, including horseflies and tsetse flies, are the evolutionary driver for zebra’s stripes.

“I was amazed by our results. Again and again, there was greater striping on areas of the body in those parts of the world where there was more annoyance from biting flies,” said lead author Tim Caro, a UC Davis professor of wildlife biology.

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