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Longer Tusks Are Healthy Signs

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Science  27 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5321, pp. 1972
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5321.1972a

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NEW DELHI-- The long tusks of some male Asian elephants may advertise the genetic vigor of their bearers, according to a new study. While the finding bolsters results from previous studies on the role of such secondary sex characteristics in other, nonmammalian species, it also puts the endangered elephants at greater risk from poachers.