Elephant ears

 An elephant, being so enormous and with so much bare skin exposed to the sun, it is very difficult to hide under trees. Fortunately, evolution has played its part over the years by making their ears larger. Elephants do have great hearing, though this is not the sole purpose of the ears. As the elephant grows, the size of the ears increases and so does the surface area.

Behind the ears are extremely large blood vessels are close to the surface where the thinner skin helps to release excess heat. Moving the ears back and forth, helps the elephant to cool at a faster rate and then again when the days are cooler and the elephant needs to retain the heat, they will keep their ears can be kept close to their bodies to reduce the loss of heat.

 

 

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