Folklore is full of stories about the coat patterns of cats: How the tiger got its stripes. How the leopard got its spots. And scientists ask the same questions, although not necessarily about large predators. The research may focus instead on something like the mackerel tabby pattern in domestic shorthairs. The answer is straightforward: genetic code.
Interdisciplinary aspects are connected when dealing with coating in different colors. Stripes in species produce a camouflage suited for predators. Many sport cars are named after felines like cougar, jaguar, just to name a few. Tones combined with highlights may look appealing to other species, or to the human eye. Dogs attention may be grabbed by their stripes. All these considerations must be orchestrated by Higher Wisdom, our Creator. He impress us each time with creative solutions.
How the Cat Gets Its Stripes: It’s Genetics,
Not a Folk Tale. Researchers took a deep dive into embryonic development to tease out the source of the tabby pattern in cats.
By JAMES GORMAN, Sept. 7, 2021
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