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Giraffes Could Have Evolved Their Long Necks For A Surprising Reason

Giraffes Could Have Evolved Their Long Necks For A Surprising Reason

You probably think you know how giraffe necks evolved. Maybe the ancestors of giraffes ate leaves from trees, and the ones who could reach the most leaves were the fittest, and therefore passed that trait down to the silly-looking long-necked animals we see today. But scientists don’t know that —…

This Viral Giraffe Is Dead, So Feel Free To Give Up Hope Now

This Viral Giraffe Is Dead, So Feel Free To Give Up Hope Now

Have you seen this adorable photo of a baby giraffe getting a kiss from its mother? The picture has gone viral in the past few days. Steve Van Zandt, the famous Sopranos actor and musician, tweeted it yesterday with the caption, “And just when you’re ready to give up hope…”

Genetic Clues Reveal How Giraffes Got Their Long Necks

Genetic Clues Reveal How Giraffes Got Their Long Necks

For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s tallest land species, the giraffe. Surprisingly, this majestic creature required only a small handful of mutations to attain its remarkable physical stature and physiology — but these mutations packed an evolutionary punch.