Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Leopards change their spots

"William Allen and his colleagues at the University of Bristol, UK, analysed images of coat patterns in 35 cat species, including leopards, jaguars (pictured) and tigers. They used a mathematical model to link pattern development and function to habitat and behavioural traits." Full highlight @ Nature

Full paper: Allen et al [2010] "Why the leopard got its spots: relating pattern development to ecology in felids". Proc. R. Soc. B doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1734.

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