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Scientists solve why zebras have stripes


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:34 AM

A new study has revealed the strongest evidence yet that the stripes help to deter biting insects.

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The precise purpose of a zebra's stripes had remained something of a mystery for years with some of the more common theories ranging from providing camouflage to reducing body temperature.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:43 AM

I find this quite difficult to believe!
This animal did not evolve this colour pattern to deter flys!


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:50 AM

This is what scientist are spending their funding on? How about research mans brain and work out why they insist on killing off the wild life of being cruel to animals.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:00 AM

if thats the case why only in Africa?, I thought it was to make the predators eye's go bluery when the Zebra's travel in a huge herd?


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:29 AM

The vast majority of news on here should state the words "allegedly" or "for entertainment purposes only".

99.9% of paranormal claims are either lies, hoaxes, man made tourist attractions or tricks of the mind!
And the other .1% are up for debate

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:35 AM

From the abstract, It appears they are using a multi-factorial approach which although predictive, with the inclusion of error terms, is not necessarily a causal model. One might argue that this is a reasonable approach  to aid in the prediction of stripe locations using flies as a predictive variable ... the authors use the term "associated" rather than "caused."


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

a hell alot of flies in india... thats why tigers got their stripes

"ROAR...those damn pesky flies.. grrrrrr"

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:09 AM

deter insects... So, 1. why aren't all the other animals in Africa striped and 2. wouldn't a colour camouflaging from predators be a more evolutionarily advantageous feature?


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:45 AM

Excuse me for being rude. I know that science is a study of life, but... shouldn't we concern about food and energy problem right now instead of the skin of an animal that people don't give a damn about?
Interesting but none solve the real problem we're facing here


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:16 PM

I thought the stripes helped them run faster...  It works on my brothers car...


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:43 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 02 April 2014 - 09:50 AM, said:

This is what scientist are spending their funding on? How about research mans brain and work out why they insist on killing off the wild life of being cruel to animals.

Absolutely right..

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 12:47 PM

nothing to do with stripes being more fashionable than spots? this was always my theory, oh well back to the drawing board.


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 03:17 PM

View Post6.6.6, on 02 April 2014 - 09:43 AM, said:

I find this quite difficult to believe!
This animal did not evolve this colour pattern to deter flys!

Absolutely agree!


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 04:35 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 02 April 2014 - 10:35 AM, said:

From the abstract, It appears they are using a multi-factorial approach which although predictive, with the inclusion of error terms, is not necessarily a causal model. One might argue that this is a reasonable approach  to aid in the prediction of stripe locations using flies as a predictive variable ... the authors use the term "associated" rather than "caused."
OK - So let's put some stripes on horses, mules and donkeys and see what happens.
This ranks right up there with "Is a Zebra black with white stripes or white with black stripes?"  Unless this is going to solve some huge problem like global hunger, WHO CARES!.


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 04:49 PM

This is going to get murdered in peer review if they ever publish. I could use their same data and logic to show that biting flies prefer areas where zebras live. That's 5 minutes I'll never get back





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