When looking at the pictures above, it’s easy to see why some people have thought that perhaps giraffes, with their long necks, are related to long-necked dinosaurs such as brachiosaurus. The similarities go even further than appearances, with both the giraffe and brachiosaurus being plant eating herbivores.
So what is the truth? Are giraffes the descendants of dinosaurs?
No, they are not!
Dinosaurs like brachiosaurus were sauropods that lived hundreds of millions of years ago, and went extinct 65 million years ago at the end of the cretaceous along with all other species of dinosaur.
The only modern-day descendants of dinosaurs are birds.
Giraffes are ungulate (hooved) mammals, and share common ancestry with horses and camels. Interestingly, giraffes are more closely linked to humans than any dinosaur!