Zebra stripes evolved to keep biting flies at bay

by Rebecca on February 23, 2012

in Animals in the News

By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature

Model horses used in an experiment to find out the effect of zebra stripes on horseflies (c) Gabor Horvath
The team placed the sticky model horses in a fly-infested field
Why zebras evolved their characteristic black-and-white stripes has been the subject of decades of debate among scientists. Now researchers from Hungary and Sweden claim to have solved the mystery. The stripes, they say, came about to keep away blood-sucking flies.

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