How did the Leopard get its spots?
A recent study reports the findings of a British led team that analyzed the markings of 37 species of wild cats. It was always assumed that the spots were for camouflage but never has this much detail been revealed.
William Allen from the University of Bristol, the lead author of the study said, “The pattern depends on the habitat and also on how the species uses its habitat – if it uses it at night time or if it lives in the trees rather than on the ground, the pattern is especially irregularly spotted or complexly spotted.”
The study methodology required classification of pictures and patten analysis.
“We’ve shown that the usefulness of patterns for species’ survival can be related to a mathematical model of how the pattern arises and what that does is it gives more complex information on why the leopard has its spots,” said Dr Allen.
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