A striking new study done on a population of African elephants shows that hunting may be altering the genetics of wildlife.

The group of elephants included in the study had evolved to become tuskless, putting them at much less risk of hunting or poaching for ivory.

This is not the first case of elephants becoming tuskless. Places with high amounts of poaching have shown signs of altering the genetics of wild elephants to become tuskless and pass the trait onto their offspring.

The problem with this evolution is that the tuskless females only had female babies. A few had the rare male calf, but they all had tusks, so they did not receive the gene from their mother. This could put the elephant population out of balance in a different way, making it harder for elephants to repopulate despite the reduced threat of being poached.

This is not the first species to evolve because of humans, however. Moths, snakes, and other animals have also evolved to better evade humans and live more safely. This is just one of the amazing ways that animals have adapted to survive humans.

Unfortunately, not all species have been able to do so as quickly as necessary, which is why we have so many critically endangered animals today.

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