Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? New Study Offers Strong Evidence

April 1, 2014 3:29 PM

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Zebra stripes evolved to keep pesky insects at bay, according to the most thorough study to date on the subject.

All three species of zebra have bold stripes in comparison to other African grazers like water buffalo and antelope. This so-called stripe riddle has puzzled scientists—including Darwin—for over a century, leading to five main hypotheses: that the stripes repel insects, provide camouflage, confuse p...

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