Head 2 Head: Long necks

Indoor portrait using diffused flash

1. (Long) Human – The longest human neck ever recorded was 40 centimetres (15.8 inches) long. The average neck is closer to 10-12 centimetres (3.9-4.7 inches) in length.


2. (Longer) Sauropod – These dinosaurs probably had the longest necks of all, with up to 19 vertebrae. Extinction means they don’t win the prize as the longest any more though.

Baby giraffe looking up at camera

3. (Longest) Giraffe – The giraffe has the longest neck of any living land animal. However, amazingly, it has the same number of neck vertebrae as we do – seven.