Abstract—a classic example of extreme morphological adaptation to the environment is the neck of the giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis), a trait that most biologists since darwin have attributed to competition with other mammalian browsers. Introduction north american and european okapi nutrition advisors collected information on and compared okapi diets the prehensile tongue of the okapi, similar to the giraffe, allows it to browse on the more highly digestible, more succulent portions of plants the digestive tract of the okapi is that of a ruminant, a trait that it shares. A female giraffe's skull reaches its full adult growth at about 10 years of age, but a male giraffe's skull and neck continue to grow throughout its lifetime this large bc specimen reflects that adaptation by the open sutures visible on the skull, which continue to allow for bone growth. Several evolutionary theories have been proposed to explain the adaptation of the long giraffe neck however, few studies examine the fossil cervical vertebrae we incorporate extinct giraffids, and the okapi and giraffe cervical vertebral specimens in a comprehensive analysis of the anatomy and elongation of the neck we establish and evaluate 20 character states that relate to general.
Comparison of okapi and giraffe bone structure sources was the giraffe successful in its adaptation the giraffe was successful in its adaptation due to the fact that thier long necks allow them to reach leaves they need to eat up in trees although, in order to drink water, giraffes must bend their legs to reach the water due to the fact. Okapi the closest related living animal is what used to be a variation of a giraffe, is an okapi there are many adaptations that make okapi different form the giraffe, such as neck length and fur color. Okapi and giraffe 74 fossil giraffids 76 introduction 1 introduction a lone giraffe bull stood at the edge of the scrubby bush tion with evolutionary ideas about the giraffe’s long neck in chapters 2 and 3, i converse with the giraffe itself and in.
Comparing the genome of the giraffe and its shorter-necked okapi relative has pinpointed genes likely involved in the evolution of the long neck. Immunocytochemistry of the placentas of giraffe (giraffa cameleopardalis giraffa) and okapi (okapi johnstoni): comparison with other ruminants article in placenta 36(1) november 2014 with 78 reads. The okapi is an endangered, evolutionarily distinctive even-toed ungulate classified within the giraffidae family that is endemic to the democratic republic of congo the okapi is currently under major anthropogenic threat, yet to date nothing is known about its genetic structure and evolutionary. The okapi, by comparison, is much shorter than the giraffe, with a stature more closely resembling a zebra however, researchers say the giraffe has exhibited its singular traits, such as its.
The giraffe’s genome explains its long neck but does not support an evolutionary tall tale parading across many an african skyline is the iconic giraffe with its long neck, a sturdy extension that lets it munch on treetop foliage despite the extraordinary length of its neck, the giraffe has only. The okapi (okapia johnstoni) is also known as the forest giraffe, congolese giraffe or zebra giraffe henry morton stanley mentioned in his travelogue when he explored the congo that there was a kind of donkey that the natives called the atti, which scholars later identified as the okapi. Adaptations are simply traits that help an organism survive their environment so that they can successfully reproduce a structural adaptation is a physical part of the organism that increases its reproductive success, either directly or indirectly. The giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest land-living animal and the only extant species of its genus although there is still uncertainty about the exact number and distribution of subspecies within giraffa , a division into nine subspecies are generally accepted [ 2 .
Native to central africa, the okapi is the lesser known relative of the widely popular giraffe interestingly, although this elusive animal superficially resembles the body structure of wild horses and appearance of zebras, it belongs to the family of giraffes. It’s odd really: the giraffe is a wonderful creature, and its adaptations are wonderful too, and yet it is of interest, for some reason, as an example of the bad design of one nerve in its body – a feature, moreover, that it shares with most land vertebrates fortunately, the general consensus on the thread was that the “bad design. Figure: comparison of okapi and giraffe structure 30 - 50 million years ago during the oligocene time period, the giraffe is said to have evolved from an antalope-resembling animal within the artiodactyl class.
1 introduction the giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis) is a spectacular mammal for its extremely long neckthe giraffe cervical vertebrae perceptibly exceed the length of necks of living and extinct ruminants however, the only other living giraffid, the okapi (okapia johnstoni), possesses relatively short cervicals, comparable to those of other ruminants [. Control in the event that the introduction becomes aggressive ample space, good footing, and sufficient height within the interior enclosures are vital for successful introductions and breedings. Okapi backs are nearly level, while giraffe backs slope markedly towards the rear have long skulls, large black eyes, large ears teeth show giraffe-like pattern with large gap between incisors and premolars. Adaptations by evolution, the okapi feeds on an incredible variety of plants, for which reason, their stomach is very hardy and adapted to digest many hard-to-eat foods like the vermilion wax cap mushroom.
The giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis meaning ‘fast walking camel leopard) is an african even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species the giraffe is related to deer and cattle, however, it is placed in a separate family, the giraffidae, consisting only of the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi. The okapi (/ oʊ ˈ k ɑː p iː / okapia johnstoni), also known as the forest giraffe, congolese giraffe or zebra giraffe, is an artiodactyl mammal native to the northeast of the democratic republic of the congo in central africa. The okapi is actually related to the giraffe the reclusive okapi is found in the canopy forests of the democratic republic of congo (drc) while some scientists continue to debate how closely related the okapi is to the giraffe, it is generally considered a fact that the giraffe and okapi share biological similarities. The okapi is indeed the only living relative of the giraffe like a giraffe, the okapi has very large, upright ears, which catch even slight sounds, helping the animal avoid trouble the okapi also has a long, dark, prehensile tongue, just like a giraffe’s, to help it strip the buds and young leaves from the understory brush of its rain.