Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giraffe Follow Up

Today we briefly discussed the alternative theory as to why giraffes have long necks.  An emerging idea, from Robert E. Simmons and Lue Scheepers is that giraffes use their necks as weapons, and it is sexual selection, not the height of their food that is the driving force behind long necks.

Click the picture to link to the article.

Below are two videos of giraffe behavior.  The first one is how males use their necks to fight, the second video displays the Flehmen response. 

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