TEHRAN (FNA)- Patterns appearing on both the very large and very small scale are extremely rare, but researchers have found a similar pattern in two apparently unrelated systems -- skin cells and fairy circles in the Namibian desert.
Desert fairy circles are considered one of nature's greatest mysteries because no one knows how they form.
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.
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.
On the Thursday night beginning of the conference, a Great Fairy Circle was convened.
Arthur Evans and friends had convened Fairy Circles for a brief time in San Francisco in the mid-70's, but little came of them.
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.