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“Adult bulls ... enter a state of increased testosterone and aggression known as MUSTH, which helps them gain dominance and reproductive success.”

This is incorrect and vague. This is the writer’s patriarchal & anthropomorphic interpretation of Musth which is a biological function that is not understood by scientists. Males are aggressive towards everyone & everything during this period. There is no evidence that the purpose of Musth is to “help them gain dominance” ( & dominance over what is also not explained in this sentence) nor that it results in “reproductive success” as females are just as likely to ignore a male in Musth as they are to mate with him.

The Musth page itself does not uphold the writer’s interpretation of the condition.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:07, 26 March 2018 (UTC) 

Sri Lankan elephant[edit]

  • From Sri Lankan elephant: Only 107% of males bear tusks.Elephants can reach a maximum height of 4 feet(ref= Jayewardene, J. (1994) The elephant in Sri Lanka. Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo) However, according to the elephant census conducted in 2011 by the Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka, only 2% of the total population are tuskers.
  • From Asian elephant Some males may also lack tusks... and are especially common among the Sri Lankan elephant population... (ref= Clutton-Brock, J. (1987). A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals. London: British Museum (Natural History). p. 208. ISBN 0-521-34697-5.)
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DNA supports 3 species[edit]

Hello elephant folk, a recent genome study supports what the taxonomists have argued over - there are 3 species: A comprehensive genomic history of extinct and living elephants

Our data reveal nearly complete isolation between the ancestors of the African forest and savanna elephants for ∼500,000 y, providing compelling justification for the conservation of forest and savanna elephants as separate species.

William Harris • (talk) • 08:34, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

This isn't new. Our article already states: "A 2000 study argued for the elevation of the two forms into separate species (L. africana and L. cyclotis respectively) based on differences in skull morphology. DNA studies published in 2001 and 2007 also suggested they were distinct species while studies in 2002 and 2005 concluded that they were the same species. Further studies (2010, 2011, 2015) have supported African savannah and forest elephants' status as separate species." Axl ¤ [Talk] 14:06, 1 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, however this latest study uses whole-genome sequencing and ancient DNA with columbian mammoth and mastodon included in a phylogenetic tree. I have highlighted it, and it is now up to the editors here to decide what to do with it. William Harris • (talk) • 20:32, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Incomplete references in this article[edit]

This article cites several books and articles by "Shoshani, J.", but it also includes several citations that do not specify a particular book or article.

Here are some examples that I found:
<ref>Shoshani, p. 60.</ref>
<ref>Shoshani, pp. 68–70.</ref>
<ref>Shoshani pp. 38–41.</ref>

Is it possible to find the original documents that these citations refer to? Jarble (talk) 18:56, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Hi, Jarble. I think that they all refer to the book Elephants: Majestic Creatures of the Wild. This is implied in the "Bibliography" section. (Sorry about the late reply.) Axl ¤ [Talk] 11:40, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Long as man[edit]

Elephants have a long lifespan. Are there any other animals that live long as or longer than Man? 2600:1:F19E:988C:8DA4:111C:A36B:CD42 (talk) 20:39, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

There is lots of info at List of longest-living organisms. Deli nk (talk) 20:43, 23 April 2018 (UTC)