Giraffe Vertebrae (IMAGE) New York Institute of Technology Caption The third cervical vertebra of the modern giraffe. This species underwent both stages of elongation, which are responsible for its extremely long neck. Credit Nikos Solounias Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.