Can I ask a serious question as to why elephants don't have wings?
A scientific explanation please. Because this seems so wrong.
- 3 days ago
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- Adullah MLv 74 weeks ago
Because elephants need to walk in the forests and eat all day , then found no time to fly any where, that is why.
- Bulldog reduxLv 74 weeks ago
Yes, you can. . . . . .
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
They do not have wings for a couple of reasons.
1. Wings are useless because elephants are too heavy to fly. Useless features are usually lost to evolution because if a mutation makes a useless feature degenerate then that mutation would not be eliminated. That means over time, useless features tend to degenerate. Further, useless features waste energy to maintain, making it more likely for them to be lost. Getting rid of a useless feature saves an organism energy. For example, the pelvic girdle of whales are useless since they have no hindlimbs, and that is why whales have only a few vestigial pelvic bones. Saving energy by not developing the pelvic girdle is a good thing.
2. It is very difficult to evolve a brand new structure from nothing. Most new features evolve from modifying an existing structure. For example, birds and bats evolved wings by modifying their forelimbs instead of adding a pair of wings to their body out of nothing. So, in order to evolve wings, elephants will need to modify 2 of their legs. That means they will have a hard time walking if one pair of their legs became wings that are useless. That also means that an elephant with wings and difficulty walking will likely not live long enough to leave descendants and its genes will be lost forever. So, even if mutations happen and an elephant has a pair of wings, that elephant will likely not survive or have descendants.
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- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Every time wings have evolved in elephants the genes were lost again because their feet could not grip branches well and they fell out of the trees and died.
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
if you are too heavy to fly, wings would only get in the way
- JazSincLv 71 month ago
They don't have winged ancestors.
- daniel gLv 71 month ago
I amazes me that people so daft have lived long enough to learn how to use internet and modern technology.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Cause they r born that way. They do not need wings to survive and they r too heavy anyway