This page is about my opinion on what I think will happen to the earth in the future according to scientific research and my thoughts about how the elephant will adapt to live in this new environment.
This portion of my page is all true. It is about the elephant of today and its adaptations. The picture below shows an elephant of today.
Elephants live on the continent of Africa where there are a lot of deserts and savannas. The elephant lives on the savannas. This is good because they eat a lot of grass and grass is plentiful on the savannas of Africa.
Over time elephants have developed a long trunk. Elephants also use their tusks to rub an itchy eye or as a snorkel in the water. One of the main uses of the trunk is for eating. They pick up the grass with their trunk in place of hands.
They are twice the size of cars in length. They are very strong animals. Their tusks are about 11 feet long and weigh nearly 300 pounds. This is a good adaptation because other predators are less likely to attack it because of its large size.
Another great adaptation of the elephant is its tusks. Not only are the tusks used for protection but also for digging, throwing heavy objects, and pulling down trees in their way because they don't have hands.
Elephants have very large ears. This is a good adaptation because elephants can hear to find out if a predator is lurking in the grass behind them and they can leave the area quickly.
I read in a book that in 35 million years a comet or asteroid should hit the earth. I think unlike when it hit the dinosaurs the comet will not hit every species on earth instead it will hit in the water and cause a very large wave and the surrounding continents will flood. Even though it hits in the water it will still cause dirt and ashes to fly up into the air and create a layer of dust that the sun will not be able to penetrate. Since the sun can not shine through it will become very cold and it will create an ice age like environment which would be a lot of ice and snow and very cold air. Some animals that live in places like the north pole, Alaska, Antarctica, and the south pole now may not have to adapt to this cold and harsh environment but what about the others? They may have to adapt to the new environment.
The picture above is a picture of a woolly mammoth. This is what I think an elephant will look like in the future.
The elephant of the future will look somewhere between an elephant and a woolly mammoth. It will have large ears like the elephant and hair, and large tusks like the woolly mammoth. This elephant of the future will have a few new adaptations of its own.
This portion of my page is about changes that may happen to the elephant in the future environment.
The most important adaptation would be to get a layer of blubber and a lot more hair because now they live in the warm wether so they don't need hair or blubber.
I predict that elephants skin will turn black. This is a good adaptation because darker colors absorb more heat so whatever rays shine through and hit the elephant will help to keep the elephant warm.
The hairy mammoth used its long tusks to move snow out of the way soI think that elephants will grow larger tusks so they can use them to move snow out of their way and it makes it easier for the elephant to walk.
Elephants eat grass and weeds but if the ice and snow are covering it they would starve because there is nothing to eat esspecially toward the winter. So I'm guessing that the elephant will develop someplace to store its food when there is no food that is somewhat like a camel's humps.
I think that elephants will grow even bigger ears because I think that the bigger the ears the better the hearing. I think this will help the elephant because the elephants need to hear whether or not danger is near and wind and snow blowing around makes it a lot harder to hear.
When you walk in the snow your feet may start to slowly sink so a thousand pound elephant would sink much faster. So I say that the elephant will develop larger and wider feet to help keep it from sinking into the snow.
Neelam's Elephant Page, http://www.flinet.com/teachteam/students/nthakor.htm, Feburary 1, 1999.
The Elephant Repository, http://compassion.elehost.com/index.html, August 9, 1998.
The Minature Zoo,http://www.sduk.com/mzoo/ml_3405.htm, February 5, 1999.
NOVA Adaptations and Survival menu.