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Interactive video lesson plan for: The secret of giraffes' long legs. Learn: spindly, hindrance, evolutionary, modestly proportioned

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Words in the News (1st July 2015): The secret of giraffes' long legs

For vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150701

Transcript

Sticking their necks out for scientific research.

These giraffes at a zoo near London are helping researchers find out just how their spindly legs work.

Experts are using special technology to measure the animals' leg movements. They want to see if being tall is a help or a hindrance to moving around.

The scientists also hope to solve the evolutionary mystery of how these animals developed from their more modestly proportioned ancestors.

Vocabulary
sticking their necks out
(idiom) taking a risk

spindly
long and thin

hindrance
something that can make it difficult for you to do something else

evolutionary
gradual process of change and development

modestly proportioned
smaller sized

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