Tusks have defined the personality of elephants throughout their evolutionary history.

Yet, tusks are absent among all-female Asian elephants and in many male elephants as well at present.

Raman Sukumar (professor at the Indian Institute of Science) has been intrigued by the function of tusks in elephants and the reasons for their loss among females and some males.

In this film ‘A Tusk-Less Future’, he briefly describes how past climate change and the history of captures of elephants and their hunting for ivory could explain these patterns, and why it is necessary to ultimately understand the genetic basis for the expression of tusks in elephants while answering the important question Why Asian Elephants Are Losing Tusks?

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