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More elephants evolving to be tuskless after years of poaching, researchers say

WASHINGTON - A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability.Now researchers have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks.During the conflict from 1977 to 1992, fighters on both sides slaughtered elephants for ivory to finance war efforts.

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WASHINGTON - A hefty set of tusks is usually an advantage for elephants, allowing them to dig for water, strip bark for food and joust with other elephants. But during episodes of intense ivory poaching, those big incisors become a liability.Now researchers have pinpointed how years of civil war and poaching in Mozambique have led to a greater proportion of elephants that will never develop tusks.During the conflict from 1977 to 1992, fighters on both sides slaughtered elephants for ivory to finance war efforts.
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