Why do zebras have stripes? It's not for camouflage

January 15, 2015 1:23 PM

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Why do zebras have stripes? It's not for camouflage

Zebras' thick, black stripes may have evolved to help these iconic creatures stay cool in the midday African heat, a new study suggests.

Many African animals sport some stripes on their bodies, but none of these patterns contrast as starkly as the zebra's. Researchers have long struggled to explain the purpose of the zebra's unique black-and-white coat. Some have suggested that the stripes may help zebras camouflage themselves and es...

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