It was authored by:
'¢ ÃdÃ¡m Egri, MiklÃ³s BlahÃ³, and GÃ¡bor HorvÃ¡th (all three from the Environmental Optics Laboratory, Department of Biological Physics, Physical Institute, EÃ¶tvÃ¶s University, Budapest, Hungary);
'¢ GyÃ¶rgy Kriska (from the Group for Methodology in Biology Teaching, Biological Institute, EÃ¶tvÃ¶s University, Budapest, Hungary);
'¢ RÃ³bert Farkas and MÃ³nika Gyurkovszky (both from the Department of Parasitology and Zoology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Szent IstvÃ¡n University, Budapest, Hungary);
'¢ Susanne Ã…kesson (from the Department of Biology, Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Ecology Building, Lund, Sweden).
They state from within their paper: 'The characteristic striped appearance of zebras has provoked much speculation about its function and why the pattern has evolved, but experimental evidence is scarce.'
And, they conclude (Here comes the answer!): ''¦ we demonstrate that a zebra-striped horse model attracts far fewer horseflies (tabanids) than either homogeneous black, brown, grey or white equivalents.'
So, the stripes help to confuse horseflies, that is, they would rather bite other animals than striped zebras.
Is that the end of the story? Check out page two to find out.