Chang asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 2 months ago

Give a teleological explanation of why polar bears are white?

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    The teleological reason is, they are white in order to be camouflaged in the snow and ice, making it easier to sneak up on their prey.

    I always seek teleological reasons for natural phenomena.

  • 2 months ago

    Camouflage in the arctic snow and ice which is their habitat.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Polar bears hunt on sea ice. If they are dark colored, they can be easily seen by their prey and they are less successful when hunting. Dark colored polar bears therefore are less likely to live long enough to leave descendants. Bears that have a mutation that gives it white fur will have an immediate advantage because it would be more successful in finding food. Therefore it and its descendants are more likely to leave more offspring. After many generations, the whole species is white colored.

  • 2 months ago

    The white colour serves the purpose of giving them camouflage in the snow.

    P.S. - The philosophy section, as it was originally posted, is more appropriate than zoology.

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