Giraffe Anatomy

I don’t suppose that this will come as a revelation to anyone, but if you haven’t seen it then this photo of a giraffe’s skeleton might be interesting. I’ve reproduced the photo twice so that you can see where I am indicating.

The pink circle shows the knee and the blue circle shows the heel. So the giraffe is really standing on tip toes. Many animals do, but the length of the giraffe’s foot is quite something, don’t you think?

And you can see how long the ‘wrist’ bones are on the front legs.

I took the photo in the Natural History Museum in London.



  1. nicklewis says:

    They are in fact ballet dancers!


    1. Haha, great comment. I shall never think of them the same way again! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Joan E. Miller says:

    How strange! Hard to believe that the blue area is the heel!


    1. Yes, And as Nick commented, they are like ballet dancers standing on tippy toes! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Val says:

    Interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚ I always think our own joints are rather far away from each other… elbow and wrist, for instance. Birds’ skeletons are fascinating too.


    1. I like the way bird bones are hollow and have little networks of struts inside like cranes (i.e. man made cranes for hoisting things) have between the uprights. It pleases me to think how we imitate nature. Well, we are nature.

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      1. Val says:

        Quite right.


  4. Tamara says:

    Well observed and illustrated, David! It was fun seeing these guys with you. ๐Ÿฆ’


    1. Thanks for mentioning earlier that it would be a good idea to say where we saw the giraffe and thanks for being there together. ๐Ÿ™‚


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