Zebra stripes mystery ‘explained’

by Rachel Baker on December 18, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered why Zebras have stripes, this article is for you!

Zebras’ bold stripes protect the animals by masking their movements, according to a study.

The conspicuous colors do not blend in to the background and scientists have theorized they developed to dazzle predators.

Using computer models, researchers confirmed the markings create optical illusions when the animals move.

They suggest this confusion helps to protect the animals from both big cats and tiny insects.

The research, conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, is published in the journal Zoology.

Check out the remainder of the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/25260311

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