If there's one thing that turtle tall tales seem to have in common, it's that we shouldn't underestimate these slow, steady creatures. | Corbis Images

Turtle Shells, Baboon Butts and More Mysteries Solved

When it comes to the origins of the turtle's shell, the camel's hump or the leopard's spots, storytellers and scientists don't often agree.

Published On 06/04/2013
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If zebras evolved stripes to avoid getting bitten by flies, why didn't other equines develop similar patterns? | Corbis Images
Baboons are known for two things: bad behavior and bright, red butts. | Corbis Images
Overt racism aside, Rudyard Kipling's "How a Leopard Got Its Spots" was partially correct. | Getty Images
The bones of an extinct giant camel were not found in a modern desert, as you might expect, but instead in the Arctic, on Ellesmere Island in Canada. | Julius Csotonyi
White tigers today no longer exist in the wild. You can only find them in zoos. | Getty Images
Bats were flightless animals before they took to their air to chase their prey, insects. | U.S. Department of Agriculture
To Rudyard Kipling, the armadillo looked like a cross between a turtle and a hedgehog. | Corbis Images