This Week in Nature

In Nature Communications this week, a team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists report on the sequenced genomes of the giraffe and okapi — two members of the family Giraffidae — providing insights into the evolution of the giraffe's unique shape, as well as hoofed animals in general. An analysis of the genomes showed that the giraffe’s stature and cardiovascular adaptations likely evolved in parallel through changes in a small number of genes.

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