It’s little wonder that elephants have wrinkles. They are really, really old. And have some very odd relatives.
The original ancestor of the elephant branched off into five groups, some 60 million years ago. One group has since died out. The other four are those include whales and dolphins, horse and rhinos, cloven-hoofed even-toed animals like giraffes, and the ancestor of the modern elephant. Today, we are down to two elephants, the African and the Asian, and even their numbers are dwindling. There are only about 500,000 African elephants left, less than half what existed 25 years ago. The Asian numbers are even smaller.
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