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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Carved Elephant Ivory
Credit: USFWS.

Carved Elephant Ivory

Common Name: Elephant
Scientific Name: Order Proboscidea
Protected Status: varies by species
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? The intersecting lines shown on the bottom of this carved human effigy form what are called the Schreger angles; narrow angles indicate extinct elephants, and wide angles indicate extant (living today) elephants.

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