2015-11-24. Odd creature was ancient ancestor of today’s giraffes.

posted Nov 29, 2015, 6:59 PM by Alan Gould
By  Sid Perkins, Science. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 3. Excerpt: A distant relative of today’s giraffes was a bit of an odd creature: It was about the size of a bull moose, but it had a long neck that could stretch both up to eat tree leaves and down to eat grass. That’s the conclusion of the first comprehensive analysis of a complete set of fossilized neck bones from the animal, known as Samotherium major.... Samotherium, which lived in the open woodlands of Eurasia about 7 million years ago, had a neck about 1 meter long—about half the length of that of today’s giraffes. ...the researchers report online today in Royal Society Open Science....  http://news.sciencemag.org/evolution/2015/11/odd-creature-was-ancient-ancestor-today-s-giraffes