War Elephants

A great battle fought in the Middle East nearly 1,800 years ago, in which thousands of men and horses fought alongside hundreds of elephants, has left historians and biologists with a lingering question – one that genomic analysis has finally answered, according to the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois.

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