Zebra stripes may be mainly defense against flies

Fur pattern’s function not for camouflage or cooling, researchers find

POWER STRIPES  An unusual head-to-head test of ideas about the function of zebra stripes finds little support for some cherished old notions and only one winner: defense against biting flies.

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