Giraffes Evolved Long Necks For ‘Sexual Combat’ New Study Suggests

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Giraffes bring a whole new meaning to the term “necking”. While we often think that giraffes developed their majestic, long necks to reach the leaves of tall trees, the fossils of a newly-discovered ancient giraffe species suggest a different reason: sexual combat, specifically called necking. These fossils had helmet-like headgear and complex head and neck joints, suggesting a violent head-butting behaviour also seen in other ungulates like deer and sheep. It may just be a coincidence that this contest of sexual dominance also scored them an uncontested food source. Read full article here

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