One plus to wearing stripes

The African mammal’s iconic black-and-white stripes appear to shoo flies

By Stephen Ornes, 09:14 AM April 21, 2014

Scientists have long wondered what benefit zebras might get from their fancy black-and-white coats. Those snazzy stripes may be most useful as protection from biting flies, a study now concludes.

Biologists studied zebras and other closely related African animals. They tested five popular ideas about how the stripes might function. No evidence emerged to support most of these notions, Tim Caro told Science News. A wildlife biologist, he works at the University of California, Davis.

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