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"Because only 5 percent of the males monopolize 85 percent of the females, sexual selection pressures remain intense even today. Male elephant seals must ..." --The Evolution of Desire (1995) by David Buss

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Elephant seals are large, oceangoing earless seals in the genus Mirounga. The two species, the northern elephant seal (M. angustirostris) and the southern elephant seal (M. leonina), were both hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but their numbers have since recovered.

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