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We May Finally Know How Zebras Got Their Stripes

A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles may have uncovered the mystery of why zebras have stripes. By analyzing various zebra habitats, scientists found a correlation between a zone’s temperature and the number and size of the inhabiting zebras’ stripes.

Thicker white stripes make it easier for zebras to cool off because the white reflects sunlight, and therefore heat. Besides keeping the creatures cool, the stripes may also repel insects potentially carrying deadly diseases in these higher temperatures.

Check out the video for more on this surprising new research.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.