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Are giraffes similar to dinosaurs? Or are they unique to their species?

Asked by DaphneT (5681 points ) December 31st, 2012

New special about Africa was just announced and they had to leak the Giraffe fight scene because it is so rarely caught on tape. Just the glimpse put me in mind of dinosaurs. Where on the web can I find some good information?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Giraffes are mammals, so they’re not similar to dinosaurs. The fight scenes are pretty gruesome though.
Here’s a link:
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giraffe/

syz's avatar

I don’t understand your question – in what way?

ucme's avatar

Giraffes look devlish with their stumpy horns, no connection with dinosaurs though, that’s birds.

marinelife's avatar

They are unique.

cookieman's avatar

Seems like a bit of a stretch.

zenvelo's avatar

They’re similar to other large mammals, like deer, moose, mountain sheep, in that they use their head and neck to butt or hit their opponents.

wundayatta's avatar

You can find similarities and differences between any two things. There are giraffes with long necks. There are dinosaurs with long necks.

Giraffes all share many things in common with their species, and yet they are all unique as well. It all depends how you measure it. This is true for everything. So I think the answer to both your questions is yes, but I don’t think that’s what you mean.

glacial's avatar

I think the OP is asking whether long-necked dinosaurs fought with their necks, the way giraffes do. Is that right, @DaphneT?

the100thmonkey's avatar

Actually, giraffes don’t exist. They\re actually dinosaurs in furry suits.

This explains their bad-tempered nature, their long necks and their insatiable thirst for blood.

Cridaria's avatar

Your question can’t be answered in any meaningful way because it is not a logical question.

I do not want to sound rude, but I am concerned that people are answering you without knowing what you want to know. Of course a giraffe (a present-day mammal) is different from an extinct (have not been around for a long, long, long time) reptile. But I suspect that you want to ask something else, and I am wondering what it is that you would like to know. Perhaps you could ask your question in a different way.

Are you interested in the differences/similarities between giraffes and dinosaurs? Are you wondering if the way giraffes fight is like the way dinosaurs fought? I am only guessing.

Rarebear's avatar

Both vertebrates.

DaphneT's avatar

Thanks all, helpful as always.

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