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Elephant mouth, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Elephant mouth, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

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Uploaded 06 Oct 2013 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2013
From collection: African Biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Elephants usually have 26 teeth: the incisors, known as the tusks, 12 deciduous premolars, and 12 molars. Unlike most mammals, which grow baby teeth and then replace them with a single permanent set of adult teeth, elephants have cycles of tooth rotation throughout their lives. The chewing teeth are replaced six times in a typical elephant's lifetime. Teeth are not replaced by new ones emerging from the jaws vertically as in most mammals. Instead, new teeth grow in at the back of the mouth a ...
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