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Poaching leads to more elephants being born tuskless: Research


  • During the Mozambican civil war, 90% of elephants in Gorongosa National Park were killed for their ivory. 
  • When the population recovered after the conflict, a larger proportion of female elephants were born tuskless.
  • The scientists say most of those who survived the poaching carried a rare genetic mutation that stops tusks from growing, and passed the trait on to their offspring.
  • The scientists say the spread of the mutation shows how human interference can have an impact even on animal anatomy.