why do elephants have ivory tusks?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    because they dont make them in plastic,lol

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Tusks are accually extremly large teeth! and gave elephants a certain evolutionary advantage.

    The tusks are used to dig for water, rots and salt, to move trees and clearing the path, and occasionally as weapons. Just like humans elephants are right or left-tusked. The dominant tusk is generally shorter and more rounded at the tip.

    Ivory is the bulk of the teeth / tusks of the elephant, but also in other animals such as walrus, hippopotamus, narwhal and mammoth.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    No, it's not like the tusks are protruding bits of skeleton, nor is ivory completely interchangeable with bone, tusks are a completely different thing designed for a completely different purpose.

  • 1 decade ago

    Tusks are teeth, and all teeth are made of ivory, even human teeth.

    However only elephants and walruses have large enough teeth to be used for anything.

    Elephants use theirs to dig.

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  • peanut
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    because girly elephants like them, especially if the dudes got muscles as well.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They like expensive items, for sure!

  • 1 decade ago

    because they make good pianos

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