Re: more on aquatic elephants

David Froehlich (
Mon, 13 Nov 1995 14:48:02 -0600

On 13 Nov 1995 wrote:

> Not horns dude, tusks. And tusks are features that only show up in
> elephants, aquatics and swamp-dwellers......

So which tusks are you talking about? The enlarged second upper incisors
in proboscideans? The enlarged canines in walruses? The enlarged canines
in dik`diks (which are not swamp dwellers). Get off this elephant as
aquatic animals jag. The last plausible aquatic elephant was more than
30 mya. They have been completely terrestial since then. Besides which,
the earliest proboscideans do not have tusks!!!

David J. Froehlich Phone: 512-471-6088
Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory Fax: 512-471-5973
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The University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712