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Water Helps Elephants Keep Their Cool On Hot Summer Days
2013-07-11 15:18:53

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in The Journal of Experimental Biology say that elephants depend on water to keep cool during the hot months. Elephants are known to keep cool in a number of ways, including using their enormous ears as fans or radiators. They also depend on their hair to keep from being overheated. However, the species rarely stray away from water, so scientists decided to look into the role evaporative cooling plays in keeping...

2008-04-16 14:49:50

Elephants, those large and lumbering landlubbers, used to live partially in the water, according to new research. A recent study found that an ancient elephant ancestor called Moeritherium spent most of its time in rivers and swamps. Scientists knew that elephants are related to modern aquatic creatures such as manatees, but they had never identified an ancient elephant relative that lived in water. Now the evolutionary link is there. "I think it's the first real...

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2008-04-15 00:25:00

Researchers from Oxford University and Stony Brook University have discovered an ancient water-dwelling mammal that had close ties to modern day elephants.The animal is similar to a tapir, a hoofed mammal that resembles a cross between a horse and a rhino."It has often been assumed that elephants have evolved from fully terrestrial ancestors and have always had this kind of a lifestyle," said DR. Erik Seiffert, co-author of the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of...


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