Animals with long necks mainly evolved in places where the competition for food on the ground was too high. Giraffes, thanks to their long necks, can easily reach tree leaves and fruits that are unreachable for other ground animals. However there's a dear price to pay for having a long neck - the heart has to pump blood with huge pressure to reach the head located several feet up. Running and stopping with a long neck also becomes difficult as the heck and the head have their own momentum which may break them when the legs and torso suddenly stop. Since running is a crucial survival skill for most ground species, long necks are really an exception, and the short necks are the rule. From the survival point of view, necks need to be just long enough to allow the head to move freely, and not longer. Modern fish species do not have necks, but some extinct "curious" fish species did develop necks and eventually moved to the ground turning into reptiles, dinosaurs, birds and mammals. So, perhaps, originally, curiosity became the reason for developing a neck?
Today we'll create some neckless world on earth. Take any animals (except humans) and show how they would look without necks, with their heads smashed on their torsos.
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San Diego Zoo had another addition this week - a snake necked turtle, which is native to Roti Island of Indonesia. The unusually long neck of the turtle makes it look like a snake, thus the name. The zoo tries to breed
this species in captivity, to save the endangered Asian turtles from extinction. Plus the animal's long neck makes it a great attraction for zoo visitors.
In this contest you are asked to change necks of any animals (humans are allowed too) to alter their anatomy, length, proportions, or texture. Blending with necks of other animal species is allowed; making robot necks is not allowed. Photos, paintings, or posters are all welcome as sources.