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EEB Professor Tom Smith, Senior Researcher Ren Larison, Researcher Ryan Harrigan et al., (Why do zebras have stripes?) featured in Science Magazine and NatGeo

Zebra stripes are a mystery. Scientists have speculated that they do everything from enabling the equids to evade predators by creating an optical illusion when a herd gallops away to regulating body heat to helping the animals avoid biting flies. But a new team of researchers argues that none of these hypotheses has addressed the marked regional variation in the pattern of striping seen on plains zebras (Equus quagga), which range from southern Ethiopia to eastern South Africa. Read More

A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study shows, which might help answer an age-old question: Why stripes? Read More