Stripes are Cool

Tarangiri mare and foal Jeannies crop

And not just cool-looking.

Thanks to funding from the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration, we have recently published our first paper about how the zebra got its stripes. The paper was published in Royal Society Open Science (details below) in January and has been receiving some great press, National Geographic, NPR, NBC, and USA Today among others.

For those who are looking forward to a simple answer, I have bad news. There isn’t likely to be one.

For those that enjoy puzzles and the amazing complexity of nature, this is your lucky day.

We found support for a hypothesis that had been posed, but never seriously considered. Our data provide the first evidence that striping m

ay actually function to keep zebras cool! But please note: This doesn’t mean the end of the predation hypothesis or the biting-fly hypothesis. It means we now have three serious contenders for the explanation of how the zebra got its stripes.

We have a lot of work to do before we will really know why zebras are striped.

We expect to find —> Read More Here


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