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03 July 2007 @ 01:23 am
Saber-toothed t... tusker  
While I was walking along in Nameri, I found this tusker in one of the islands on the Jiya-Bhoreli river and was surprised. I had never seen a tusker like this guy before... The tusks seem to be heading backwards like in saber-toothed tiger. The closest predecessors of elephants which had backward pointing tusks seem to be back from the Oligocene(Paleomastodon) to the late tertiary(Gompotherium) times! Very interesting indeed, but I guess it's a common thing for modern elephants to sometimes have weird tusks because of various constraints. Need to find out a bit more about this.






 
 
 
sainath on July 2nd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
woow! interesting!