Zebra Stripes Help Them Keep Cool

January 14, 2015 10:23 PM

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How zebras got their famous black-and-white stripes has been a long-standing mystery, and now scientists may have finally found the answer. New research says zebra stripes help these animals keep cool in the hot African savannah.

A team from the University of California made this temperature connection after studying stripe patterns on zebras at 16 different locations and comparing them with 29 environmental factors such as heat, biting flies and predation, among others.

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