The distribution of fairy circles throughout the desert may look random, but turns out to have a pattern that very closely matches the distribution pattern of skin cells.
To conduct the analysis, Sinclair and Zhang compared the number of neighbors adjacent to fairy circles and skin cells.
Both the majority of fairy circles and majority of cells have six neighbors.
Many theories about how fairy circles form -- from rolling zebras to underground gases to dying trees -- have been proven incorrect.
Professor Jurgens obtained his data by taking readings in fairy circles found on the grounds of Namib Desert Lodge south of Solitaire over the course of several years.
This may explain why researchers did not solve the riddle of the fairy circles much earlier.