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Posts tagged elephants

May 1, 2015


elephant family on the move

Older Means Wiser for Elephants

Elephant matriarchs pinpoint predators by ear.

June 8, 2014


A close-up of a hippo's face

Do Hippos Swim?

Hippos hang out in the water most of the time, but are they good swimmers?

July 31, 2013


elephants drinking water at a stream

What Came First, The Trunk Or The Snorkel?

When elephants swim, they use their trunks as snorkels, so their trunks must be adaptations for swimming.

July 5, 2013


Humpback Whale

The Evolution Of Diving In Mammals And Myoglobin

The protein myoglobin provides new clues to the evolution of diving in mammals.

June 14, 2011


African Elephant playing in the water

New Elephant Species Discovered

Scientists suspected that two populations, African savannah and African forest elephants, were separate species because of their size differences.

September 10, 2010


acacia tree and ants

Acacia Trees Use Ants To Defend Against Elephants

An unusual partnership is happening on the African plain. The whistling-thorn acacia tree is using ants to defend against elephant attacks.

July 6, 2010


An elephant teeters on an edge to reach a treat.

Larger Animals Have Slower Reflexes

According to a new study, larger animals tend to react much more slowly to physical stimuli than smaller animals.

November 17, 2009



Acacias, Ants And Elephants

Learn how acacias, ants and elephants work together to survive.

May 27, 2009


Bees swarming around hive

Rodents, Bees, and Elephants

You've probably heard that elephants are afraid of small rodent like mice and rats. But is there really any truth in this? Find out on A Moment of Science.

January 13, 2009


Large African elephant in wilderness

Quiet! This Noise is Hurting My Feet

Cowboys in Western movies sometimes puts their ear to the ground to listen for a stampede or wagon train. Elephants can also communicate by hearing vibrations.

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