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Giraffe horns

12 January 2016

 

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QUESTION:

Why do some giraffe have hair at the tops of their horns and other giraffe don´t have any hair?

 

ANSWER:

The horns of the giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis are only bony appendages or growths that are covered with skin and hair and are formed from soft cartilaginous material that consolidates into hard bone. The horns of the cows are smaller than those of the bulls and have a tuft of hair on the top whereas those of the bull are bald. There is no evidence that the skin covering the horns differs from that covering the skull.

 

 

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