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Some African elephants are evolving to have no tusks.

Discussion in 'Creation & Evolution' started by Nithavela, Oct 27, 2021.

  1. Nithavela

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    https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/...ving-have-no-tusks-years-poaching/6133380001/
     
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  3. Nithavela

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    Read the article, your question is answered there.
     
  4. Nithavela

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    Tuskless elephants is not a new mutation. It was already present in the population.
     
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  5. Thatgirloncfforums

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    I did. I didn't see it. I apologize.
     
  6. The IbanezerScrooge

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    This is literally an example of "a change in allele frequency in a population over time." The allele for "no tusks" has increased in the African Elephant population due to the selective pressure of poachers killing Elephants with tusks.
     
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  7. Silverback

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    The poachers killed the elephants with desirable Ivory tusks...which is a combination of age, habitat, nutrition, and genetics, mostly genetics

    The best examples were taken leaving elephants with smaller, or, no tusks. This genetic trait is passed on to the next generation, which is why we are seeing fewer elephants with large tusks.

    The elephant poaching situation in Africa has improved, between, 2012 and 2016, 35,000 elephants a year were being poached, leaving hundreds of milk dependent, orphaned calves, who didn't know what to do, or where to go..unless rescued, they either died of dehydration, starvation, or they were lunch for a pack of hyenas.

    The plight of Ivory orphans is the best case for preserving the death penalty.
     
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  10. FrumiousBandersnatch

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    It's not just a question of time, the nature and severity of the selection pressure is important.
     
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    A little more clean up was done.
    Stay on the topic that is in the OP.
     
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