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Why Is It That Elephants Have Hair?
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Johannesburg – For 300 years, scientists have pondered an evolutionary riddle: why is it that elephants have hair?

The bristly hairs that cover the world’s largest mammal are too few to keep it warm – and besides, who needs warmth in Africa and Asia? Could it be that the hair on an elephant has no purpose whatsoever?

Now three scientists believe they have the answer.

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The elephant’s thin coat of hair is not there to keep it warm, it is there to cool it down.

The scientists from Princeton university came to this conclusion after a three-year study that included examining close-up photographs of tame African elephants in Botswana, computer programs and mathematical formulae.

Read more at IoL ScienceTech


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