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February 7, 2018



Older Means Wiser for Elephants

Elephant matriarchs pinpoint predators by ear.

January 3, 2018


Your Favorite Moments Of Science In 2017

We start 2018 by looking at what you loved in 2017.

August 8, 2017


Scientists are studying the links between elephant survival and how much they sleep.

The Small Sleep

Some elephants can go forty-six hours without sleeping.

May 31, 2017


In the past, between two and six percent of African elephants were born without tusks.

No Tusks

A significant number of elephants are being born without tusks.

December 7, 2016


Having a grandmother elephant around ultimately means more baby elephants are born.

The Grandmother Effect

Asian elephant calves born in captivity die young approximately 50% of the time.

March 4, 2016



Why Elephants Don’t Get Cancer

Elephants stand out for many reasons, including the fact that they rarely ever get cancer.

June 8, 2014


Hippos may not swim, but they do get around in the water pretty well.

Do Hippos Swim?

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

July 31, 2013


Could it be that elephants use their trunks for swimming underwater?

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


Whales and dolphins, such as the humpback whale shown here, are among several groups of mammals that have evolved the ability to make prolonged dives under water.

The Evolution Of Diving In Mammals And Myoglobin

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

June 14, 2011


New Elephant Species Discovered

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

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