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Evolution of the Giraffe

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THE mode of evolution in the giraffe has been a favourite subject for discussion, Darwin1 wrote “… it has been supposed that all the parts must have been simultaneously modified; and it has been argued that, on the principle of natural selection, this is scarcely possible … but it cannot be denied that an animal might have its neck, or head, or tongue, or forelimbs elongated a very little without any corresponding modification in other parts of the body”, Graham Cannon2, very properly I consider., rejects this, concluding: “It is this idea of co-ordinated variation that is, to my mind, the central core of the whole problem of evolution”

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BROWNLEE, A. Evolution of the Giraffe. Nature 200, 1022 (1963). https://doi.org/10.1038/2001022a0

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