The mystery of why pandas are black and white has been solved

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We finally know why pandas are black and white.

It has nothing to do with them being so very, very cute — instead, its meant to make pandas look tough, according to a new study.

Pandas are one of the few mammals that don’t have coloring that matches their environment. They’re a study in contrasts, with black fur that matches dark forests and white fur for snow-filled landscapes.

A team of researchers from UC Davis and California State University, Long Beach, wanted to know the adaptive significance of those colors. (They’re the same team who figured out zebras have black and white stripes to keep away blood-sucking flies.) Read more…

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