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9 nearly hairless mammals

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 18, 2013, 9 a.m.
A herd of African elephants at a watering hole

Photo: Villiers Steyn/Shutterstock

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African elephant

The relative hairlessness of the world's largest living land mammal is an adaptation to the dry, hot climate. With such large bodies, dissipating heat is more important to elephants than retaining it. As they grow in size, elephants lose more and more hair.