True. The Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest land animal on earth, standing up to 6 metres- 20 feet in height. They achieve this remarkable stature predominantly through their exceptionally long legs and incredible neck which can itself measure 2 metres- 7 feet tall. What is even more astounding is that this remarkable neck contains only seven (7) vertebrae, identical to the number of human neck bones.

It is the rule within the Mammalia class for the skeletal system to encompass seven vertebrae; nowhere would an exception to this rule be more expected than in the Giraffe. Surprisingly though these ruminant mammals adhere to the class rule! Each vertebra can measure up to 11 inches -28cm in length and together with the weight of the skull can weigh up to 270Kg- 600pounds. This weight is support by amazingly strong neck muscles and an elongated Nuchal ligament.