Elephants are devolving to lose their tusks
Elephants are beating the ivory poachers, but at a high price
An increasing number of elephants have no tusks, according to a survey.
Research at the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, showed that
15% of female elephants were born without tusks.
and 9% of males in the park were born without tusks.
In 1930 the figure for both male and female elephants was only 1%.
Elephants appear to be losing their tusks Experts say the reason why some elephants are tuskless is a result of a chance genetic mutation. ( tusks in elephants, horns from gophers, spiked tails from armodillos, and teeth from many bird species are all examples of devolution.)
They say elephants are losing their tusks as a rapid and effective evolutionary response to escape slaughter by ruthless and resourceful poachers who kill elephants for their ivory trophies.
(External factors do not come into play in this instance, what we are seeing is an increase in neotony, juvenile traits increasing maturity decreasing)
The BBC’s Science Correspondent, John Newell, says the continuing change. . . . threaten the survival of a species.
This allows them to live, breed more freely and produce more offspring without tusks. Thus increasing the effects of devolution.
Evidence of a trend in tuskless elephants has been reported elsewhere.
Mark and Delia Owens recorded an unusual number of such elephants in 1997 while carrying out research in Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park.
Published on the National Wildlife Federation’s Website, they write:
“Our research indicates that more than 38% of Luangwa elephants carry no tusks.
“Other researchers have reported that in natural, unstressed populations, only 2% of the animals are tuskless.”
Tuskless elephants are paying a heavy price for survival.
Tusks are used to dig for food and water, to dig up trees and branches and move them around, for self defense and for sexual display.
Conservationists say an elephant without tusks is a crippled elephant.
They say that while being tuskless is better than being dead, they hope that less drastic ways can be found to protect elephants against poachers.
This is observable proof for devolution, evolutionists stand confused that the idea that this type of change is highly valuable to a non-pantheist. These evidences are closely connected to devolution and as evolutionists promote these devolution changes, i will be there to document and to praise their observation, but condemn their bad anomalous interpretations.
Chris L Lesley GAWM