Zebra Stripes Could Help Control Body Temperature
Recent study results suggest that zebra stripes are used to control body temperature, after all—and reveal a new mechanism for how this might be achieved.
The study authors argue that the special way zebras sweat to cool down and the small-scale convection currents created between the stripes aid evaporation, while zebras’ previously unrecorded ability to erect their black stripes is a further aid to heat loss. These three elements are key to understanding how the zebras’ unique patterning helps them manage their temperature in the heat, the team said.
Amateur naturalist and former biology technician Alison Cobb and her zoologist husband, Stephen Cobb, PhD, recently published their findings. Together, they have spent many years in sub-Saharan Africa, where he’s directed environmental research and development
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