Zebra’s stripes are a no fly zone for flies

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Scientific testing has zeroed in on the advantages of a zebra’s striped coat.
Tim Caro, CC BY-ND

Tim Caro, University of California, Davis and Martin How, University of Bristol

Zebras are famous for their contrasting black and white stripes – but until very recently no one really knew why they sport their unusual striped pattern. It’s a question that’s been discussed as far back as 150 years ago by great Victorian biologists like Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Continue reading