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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Mystery Solved, Scientists Say

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April 01, 2014 AT 8:48 AM
For years, scientists have debated the evolutionary reason behind a zebra's stripes. Are they: a. Costumes for courtship? b: Camouflage to confuse lions and other predators? c: A natural way to cool off? d: Bug repellent? If you answered "d," you'd win the prize, at least in the eyes of Tim Caro, a biologist at the University of California at Davis.