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Study: Zebra Stripes Not Camouflage

It has long been thought a zebra’s distinctive black and white striping serves as camouflage from predators, but a new study finds that is not the case. Writing in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University of California Davis and the University of Calgary say they calculated how a zebra’s stripes would appear to lions, spotted hyenas and other zebras when viewed in varying levels of light. "The most longstanding hypothesis for zebra striping is crypsis, or...

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