10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

6. Zebras’ black and white coloring is a protection from predators.

10 False Facts We Still Believe in Because We Were Told So in School

Biologists have been searching for ears for the answer to why zebras have stripes and there are many theories. According to the first one, the striped coloring baffles predators during an attack and makes a zebra less visible in the surrounding environment. According to the second one, every zebra has a unique coloring and pattern that helps them recognize each other. According to the third version, bloodsucking insects bite them less.

Scientists from the University of California held a research study to find the connection between a zebras coloring and their habitat. It turns out that the higher the average temperature is, the brighter and wider the black stripes are. At the same time, their coloring becomes faint in colder places. The reason is in the fact that black and white stripes heat up differently. So, the altering black and white stripes on the zebra’s skin help them with thermoregulation.

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