Every animal on this planet is different and has a unique shape and color. Some are more adorable than others but no animal can compare to the goofy giant pandas. Their childish behavior and their black and white coloring are some of the reason for which they are so loved.
Scientists have been trying to figure out the reason for which these giant pandas have black and white fur. They believe that there is a scientific explanation for this and now they think that they found it. Although for the rest of us the color of the animal is just a color, for scientists it is much more than that.
Every detail about an animal shows its way of adapting to the environment. For fish to giraffes, all animals have specific characteristics that help them stay alive. The black and white fur of the giant pandas is one of those characteristics apparently.
Scientists from the California State University, Long Beach, and the University of California, Davis, believe they have found the reason for which these animals have this unique black and white pattern. The researchers mentioned that they have been trying for a long time to figure out this mystery.
The researchers mentioned that this pattern is really interesting and unique because no other mammal has this type of pattern. This is why it was so hard to figure out the mystery. In order to find out the answer, the researchers used a new approach. They analyzed every part of the body separately.
The group of scientists found that the colors have 2 functions. The first one is crypsis (camouflage) and the second one is communication. Although it might seem odd, these animals apparently rely on the color of their fur for communication.
The findings show that the white parts help them hide in the snow and the black ones help them hide in forests. The researchers mentioned that the black parts have another function too. The ears of the giant pandas are used to communicate a warning to potential predators. Their black eyes help them get recognized by other bears.
This is not the first time researchers have tried to figure out the mystery behind a black and white pattern. Scientists have also been trying to solve the mystery of the zebra stripes pattern. They found out that these animals have this pattern to repel flies.
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