Short-necked giraffe relative discovered in China. It used its helmet head to bash rivals.

Nearly 17 million years ago, a relative of the modern giraffes that roamed northern China had a thick, squat neck and thick skull — perfect for fighting rival males in headbutt fights.

The newly discovered giraffe relative, a now-extinct species named Discokeryx xiezhi, also had a bony, disk-like shield on the top of its skull that was covered with a protective layer of keratin — the same type of tissue found in the horns of head butters such as bulls and rams. The disk resembled a sort of squat helmet that sat on the animal’s head, scientists reported in a new analysis of several D. xiezhi Fossils, published June 2 in the journal Science (opens in new tab).

https://www.livescience.com/extinct-giraffe-relative-fossils Short-necked giraffe relative discovered in China. It used its helmet head to bash rivals.

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