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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…
The zebra’s stripes evolved to keep pesky insects at bay, according to the most thorough study to date on the subject.
The ability of female market squid to turn on and off the color white helps them escape the amorous, and aggressive, attentions of male squid.
Zebra stripes are among the most striking mammalian coat patterns. How these dramatic patterns are produced remains mysterious, as does their adaptive value. National Geographic grantee Brenda Larison is in the field in Africa to gain new insights about the evolution of zebra stripes.