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Oh elephant, what big nerves you have!

Two African elephant calves playing together

A young African elephant (Loxodonta africana) wraps its companion in its trunk, which has a nerve cable thicker than that running from the animal’s eyes to its brain. Credit: Martin Harvey/Getty

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Nature 601, 486 (2022)



  1. Purkart, L. et al. Curr. Biol. (2022).

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