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Author Topic: Was Darwin right about elephants’ ears?  (Read 509 times)

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Was Darwin right about elephants’ ears?
« on: 02 November, 2017, 07:44:45 PM »

Darwin surprises me where he writes at the beginning of ‘On the Origin of Species’ that animals' ears are noteworthy. Droopy ears that is.

He says that droopy ears are something that has been artificially bred by man into domestic animals (I think probably to make pet bunny wabbits and beagles etc look really cutesy and appealing) - whereas drooping ears do not occur in nature, and that they are “a feature not found in any wild animal except the elephant”.

Is Darwin right?  Can you think of any other animals in the wild apart from elephants that also have floppy ears that can't prick up?
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Re: Was Darwin right about elephants’ ears?
« Reply #1 on: 02 November, 2017, 08:27:01 PM »
Dogs and bunnies have been hugely bred into specific "breeds" with various genetic flaws - it's a horrid shame as some "pure" breeds really suffer as they get older.

Can't think of any droopy ears in the wild, and even elephants ears flap about under muscular control while serving the purpose of getting rid of excess heat.