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Why Elephants Don’t Shed Their Skin

December 10, 2018

Elephants are some of the most unique animals in the entire world. They are huge and they roll together in packs. They are very protective of their own and if provoked, they can be extremely dangerous to anyone in their vicinity. Many people do not know that about elephants as there are a ton of different things that scientists have found out about them. Their skin is course and rough and contrary to belief, they do not shed.

Key Takeaways:

  • The elephant doesn’t possess sweat glands so the cracks in its skin serve for temperature regulation and to keep parasites away.
  • From their discoveries, some scientists now believe that these elephant skin cracks form from the stress of skin bending.
  • The scientists initially thought that the cracks were due to skin shrinking but their simulations proved them wrong.

"That hunch received a boost when Dr. Milinkovitch’s team examined elephant skin samples under a microscope. They found that just beneath the thick top layer was a lower layer of papillae, the same kind of small protuberances found on the human tongue."

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/science/elephant-skin-cracks.html?action=click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article®ion=Footer&contentCollection=Africa

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