Getting to Know Them

The last common ancestor of elephants and humans lived over 100 million years ago. Yet undeniably we share much in common, perhaps because some of our ancestors were shaped at the same evolutionary forge—the productive, crowded, and intensely competitive world of the African Savannah. It’s this world, in part, that endowed both humans and elephants with exceptional intelligence, and a dependence on complex societies for their well-being.

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