JAKARTA – Some animals have horns, ivory or shell as a protective device if there are enemies. A group of mammals that have horns such as deer, antelope, goats, giraffes and buffalo. However, not with water deer that has tusks.
Reporting from the page Internal Science, the water of the deer has the nickname of "vampire deer". To find out more about this deer, the researchers compared the habitat and behavior of 63 species, including the group of artiodactyl that lived except hippos and whales. They measured the canines of each species using skeletal specimens in the museum.
Although no relationship between prey and habitat has yet been found, perhaps some small species still maintain relationships such as the great Javanese mouse deer, have prey more than a half centimeter long and live in dense shrubs. So, making tunnels when moving from one place to another.
The researchers considered this reasonable, because sharp tusks like daggers would be effective weapons in thick bushes. These tusks also work to protect themselves.
Artiodactyla is a mammal animal composed of approximately 220 species. They are mostly herbivorous animals that are usually marked with an even number of fingers.
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