A New Hypothesis on Animal Vision


When a programming bug in his forensic software resulted in an unexpected video that sparked a novel hypothesis as to how animals see the world, Roy developed the idea into an explanation for many of biology’s enduring mysteries: why do zebras have stripes, why snakes move in serpentine fashion, why do humans and animals cock their heads, and how are animals — with brains the of the size of humans — able to process vision seemingly as well as we do? The surprising hypothesis sheds new light on animal movements, coloration and behavior.

The video on the left is a presentation given at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2013, discussing an overview of his theory and taking questions from scientists.

A similar talk was presented at DC9’s Nerd Night in Washington, DC in 2012,  Click here to watch.

A documentary on Zebra’s Stripes is currently underway. Click here to see the project.