Wednesday, December 8

Elephants born without tusks in order to survive

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Tuskless elephants.

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Natural selection in real time.

More and more elephants are being born without tusks in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.

And a study just published in Science points out that it is due to an evolutionary response to the brutal slaughter to which these animals were subjected for their ivory during 15 years of civil war.

It is that poaching to obtain tusks financed part of the activities of the two opposing sides and brought the species to the brink of extinction.

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