Samotherium Vertebra (image) New York Institute of Technology Share Print E-Mail Caption Fossil third cervical vertebra of Samotherium, an extinct giraffid that lived around 7 million years ago. This species underwent the first stage of elongation, but not the second stage. Credit Nikos Solounias Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail 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.