The Living Elephants: Evolutionary Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation

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1Moeritheres, Mastodonts, and Mammoths Elephant Evolution in Action3
1.1 Introduction3
1.2 The Paleocene—Ancient Origins9
1.3 The Eocene—Aquatic Existence13
1.4 The Oligocene—Evolutionary Quiescence15
1.5 The Miocene—Evolutionary Diversification16
1.6 The Pliocene—Radiation of the Elephants24
1.7 The Pleistocene—The Final Burst and Then Collapse28
1.8 The Holocene—Calm after the Storm44
1.9 Genetics, Phylogeny, and Population Differentiation in the Elephants45
2Elephants, Gods, and People The Interrelationship of Culture and Ecology55
2.1 Introduction55
2.2 Historical Antecedents of the Elephant Culture in Asia57
2.3 The Rise of Elephant Armies in Asia59
2.4 The Rise of the Elephant-Headed God64
2.5 Ecology, Politics, and Culture70
2.6 From Ganesha to the Present75
2.7 The Capture and Use of the African Elephant81
3Bulls, Musth, and Cows The Elephantine Mating Game89
3.1 Introduction89
3.2 Estrus in the Female Elephant91
3.3 Musth in the Male Elephant100
3.4 Sexual Selection and Mate Choice112
4Mothers, Children, and Aunts The Social Life of Elephant Families125
4.1 Introduction125
4.2 Behavioral Development and Social Interactions in Elephants126
4.3 Communication in Elephants137
4.4 Home Range of Elephants158
4.5 Social Groups and Their Determinants170
4.6 The Evolution of Elephant Society185

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