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Which Has More Bones in Their Neck: Humans or Giraffes?

Humans and giraffes have the same number of bones in their necks — seven. Giraffes simply have larger and longer vertebrae. In fact, the structure of the human neck is almost identical to that of a giraffe's neck, just a lot shorter.

More skeletal tidbits::

  • Although human babies are born with over 300 bones, many fuse together as the child grows, leaving the average adult with only 206 bones.

  • Over 95% of animals do not have a backbone.

  • The smallest bone in the human body is the stirrup bone, one of the three tiny ear bones. It measures approximately 1/10 of an inch long.

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