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(Guardian)   Apparently rhinos have begun to grow smaller horns as an evolutionary trick thanks to generations of poachers killing them for their big horns   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros horns, Rhino horns, result of hunters, body length, length of the horn relative, case of rhinos, Oscar Wilson  
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2022-11-01 1:38:15 PM  
I've read about elephants growing smaller tusks for the same reason.
 
2022-11-01 1:52:52 PM  
Rhinos endangered because superstitious gullible men think powdered rhino horn makes their dick big. Rhinos react by making their horns small.

That's karma.

/go rhinos!
 
2022-11-01 2:07:30 PM  
Or people tended to photograph the largest rhinos, so they found more photos of big ones.
 
2022-11-01 2:12:42 PM  

SalmonberryPie: I've read about elephants growing smaller tusks for the same reason.


Wooly mammoths just evolved to hide really well. When's the last time you've seen a wooly mammoth?
 
2022-11-01 2:31:40 PM  
 The ones with the small horns are  the only ones who survive.  Presto, rhinos get smaller horns.
 
2022-11-01 3:45:50 PM  

SalmonberryPie: I've read about elephants growing smaller tusks for the same reason.


Some elephants don't even have tusks these days. Not good for dry weather and digging watering holes.
 
2022-11-01 6:29:55 PM  

Chemlight Battery: SalmonberryPie: I've read about elephants growing smaller tusks for the same reason.

Wooly mammoths just evolved to hide really well. When's the last time you've seen a wooly mammoth?


i think you're confused, did you mean a snuffleupagus?

/also extinct
 
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