Post subject: Re: wildlife myth ? zebra stripes and temperature control
Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:10 pm
Junior Virtual Ranger
Joined: Sun Mar 05, 2006 4:34 pm
Slightly off-topic, but anybody who wonders how (not why) zebras get their stripes, should read
Shapes. Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts, by Philip Ball.
A bit too complicated to briefly summarize here, except to say that it all boils down to constraints imposed by the fundamental laws of physics and chemistry, which rule out, say, squares and triangles, but not stripes (or spots).
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