Perhaps zebra stripes have nothing to do with avoiding lions after all!

The striking patterns of zebra stripes have puzzled evolutionary biologists for a long time. And there are a number of hypotheses out there for why zebras have evolved their signature stripes, from allowing them to hide in grass or visually confusing predators (dazzle camouflage) to helping reduce biting by insects. Here, scientists test the idea that zebra stripes actually help with cooling: “This hypothesis is based on the idea that black and white stripes would heat up differentially, thu

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