Why don’t elephants just stop growing tusks so they don’t get killed for the ivory?

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Mudassir Ali 8 months 1 Answer 150 views

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  1. An elephant cannot just decide to stop growing tusks with the result that he/she never grows tusks.

    However, evolution is starting to have an effect.

    There have always been a few tuskless elephants.

    Now the percentage of tuskless elephants is increasing. That’s because tuskless elephants are less likely to be shot by poachers, so they have a higher likelihood of reproducing, and they often produce tuskless elephants.

    It’s evolution in action.

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