(untitled). .. people used to think giraffes had long necks to eat leaves from taller trees but they actually longer neck = better weapon to smack your opponents with to get w
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#2 - iamsammich (04/27/2014) [-]
people used to think giraffes had long necks to eat leaves from taller trees   
but they actually longer neck = better weapon to smack your opponents with to get with all the ladies
people used to think giraffes had long necks to eat leaves from taller trees
but they actually longer neck = better weapon to smack your opponents with to get with all the ladies
User avatar #9 to #2 - monswine (04/28/2014) [-]
Let's all take a moment here to admit it's definitely both.
User avatar #15 to #9 - iamsammich (04/28/2014) [-]
it definitely might be both. i've only got knowledge from one study they did. in the study, giraffes ate from trees that were lower than the maximum height they could reach. in fact, they ate from about the same level that other animals could also eat from. the really interesting part was that it didn't change, even when food became scarce because of a drought
User avatar #16 to #15 - monswine (04/28/2014) [-]
That's really interesting. I know that food niches in the Savannah tend to be temporal rather than vertical but there's a lot of emphasis in our bio/ecol textbooks that show the various gazelles that browse the Acacias at different heights (from Dik-Diks to Gerenuks) followed by Giraffes who eat everything remaining and Elephants that literally destroy the tree. The giraffe's neck has many functions and I don't know what the causative factor is, if even there is just one.
User avatar #18 to #16 - iamsammich (04/28/2014) [-]
yeah, many traits come around for a variety of reasons. i wouldn't be surprised if giraffes first started getting longer necks for food only to realize "hey, this neck makes for a pretty good weapon two swing around!" the fact that they've also got long legs also suggests that there's gotta be something besides sexual selection for long necks
#3 to #2 - userasdf (04/28/2014) [-]
They look like wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men
User avatar #4 to #3 - iamsammich (04/28/2014) [-]
it's all fun and games until someone gets a shattered vertebra
User avatar #14 to #3 - Dember ONLINE (04/28/2014) [-]
Never has there been a more accurate description
#7 to #3 - chandaman (04/28/2014) [-]
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#5 to #3 - buggybman (04/28/2014) [-]
here take this
here take this
#1 - John Cena (04/27/2014) [-]
Scared him so bad he's shaking like a leaf in the wind.
#10 - devildogpratt (04/28/2014) [-]
is it wearing a Marowak skull?
User avatar #11 to #10 - dapanda (04/28/2014) [-]
No, it is obviously Charizard you filthy swine!!!
#8 - monswine (04/28/2014) [-]
Giraffes live spread out herds. It took us forever to notice. Acacia trees release chemicals when they are being fed upon that cause nearby trees' leaves to turn bitter to discourage predation. The tongues and lips of giraffes are so bad ass they don't even give a **** .
#12 - acksl (04/28/2014) [-]
Finally this is relevant!
Finally this is relevant!
User avatar #6 - dannyxv (04/28/2014) [-]
Not even funny. I actually have nightmares about Giraffes and other equestrian animals.
User avatar #17 to #6 - monswine (04/28/2014) [-]
Giraffes are ruminants.
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