As each human has unique and unrepeatable fingerprints, every zebra's stripe pattern is also exceptional. The underbelly of these animals is usually white, that's why many people believe zebras to be white with black stripes. But the color of zebras' underbelly turned out not to be the determinant! Actually, it's all about the genetics and selective pigmentation.

Melanocyte skin cells activate the pigments that color the fur. Certain chemical messengers regulate which melanocytes deliver their pigment to the zebra. The unique zebras' pattern is a result of pigment activation (black) and inhibition (white). That means all zebras have dark fur, and the white areas just lack coloration, creating these beautiful and ingenious patterns.

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