How the Giraffe Got Its Spots

長頸鹿為何有斑點?

出版時間:2019/04/25

Do you know why giraffes have spots, or why their spots have certain shapes? Until recently, scientists didn’t know either. So, several years ago, a team of researchers traveled deep into Africa to find out why. They studied dozens of young giraffes and their mothers. By using special software, they were able to analyze and compare spots on different giraffes. They determined that young giraffes got their spot patterns from their mothers. For example, mothers with smooth and round spots usually had babies with smooth and round spots, too.

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你知道為何長頸鹿有斑點,或者為何牠們的斑點有某些形狀嗎?科學家以前也不知道,直到最近才有所發現。原來在幾年前,一組研究人員深入非洲要找出原因。他們針對許多小長頸鹿及長頸鹿媽媽做了研究。藉由使用特殊軟體,他們能夠對不同長頸鹿身上的斑點進行分析及比對。他們確定小長頸鹿的斑點花樣來自長頸鹿媽媽。例如,身上有平滑圓形斑點的長頸鹿媽媽通常也會生出帶有平滑圓形斑點的長頸鹿寶寶。

生活必備字詞

●researcher  n. 研究員
The researcher entered the survey results into the database.
●analyze  vt. 分析
A group of experts are analyzing the results of the worldwide experiment.

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