Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 month ago

Can I ask a serious question as to why elephants don't have wings?

A scientific explanation please. Because this seems so wrong.

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  • killer falling poop

  • 4 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.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, you can. . . . . .

  • Anonymous
    4 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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  • Anonymous
    4 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.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    if you are too heavy to fly, wings would only get in the way

  • 1 month ago

    They don't have winged ancestors.

  • 1 month ago

    I amazes me that people so daft have lived long enough to learn how to use internet and modern technology.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Cause they r born that way. They do not need wings to survive and they r too heavy anyway

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