Why Giraffe Has a Long Neck by Claudia Lloyd
Story telling - Why Giraffe Has A Long Neck
Giraffes may not have evolved long necks to reach tall trees
Imagine being able to peer into a second-story window without needing to stand on your tiptoes. Welcome to a giraffe 's life. As the tallest creature in the animal kingdom, the giraffe has a view that can't be beat. The giraffe's long neck can reach more than 7 feet in length, which means it makes up nearly half of its overall height. Just like humans, giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks, but theirs — unlike ours — can each be over 10 inches long.
Most of us assume that giraffes' long necks are to help them reach food in the tops of trees. But a few scientists think the necks have more to do with sex. The giraffe is the tallest land mammal alive, its long legs and neck contributing to its impressive stature. Males can be up to 18ft 5. In the wild, these beautiful creatures stretch their necks beyond those of antelope, kudu and even elephants to strip leaves from the untouched upper reaches of trees. The French zoologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck is usually credited as the first person to suggest that long necks have evolved in giraffes because they allow them to get to the parts other herbivores cannot reach.
By Michael Marshall. Around 15 million years ago, antelope-like animals were roaming the dry grasslands of Africa. There was nothing very special about them, but some of their necks were a bit long. The tallest living land animal, a giraffe stands between 4. But there is another possibility.
A long, long time ago, long before the animals looked like they do today, the giraffe had a very short neck and short by alishi.
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All the little giraffes were playing games and the mothers and fathers were talking. - Why does the giraffe have a long neck?
A Tinga Tinga tale inspired by traditional stories from Africa. Once upon a time, Giraffe had a short neck. But then one day she sticks her head in a tree to get some honey - and can't get out again! For over thirty-five years, the best-selling Read it yourself with Ladybird has helped children learn to read. All stories feature essential key words. Story-specific words are repeated to practise throughout. Designed to be read independently at home or used in a guided reading session at school.