• Question: Can we survive without necks

    Asked by wave499ash to Zoe V, Pizza Ka Yee C, Philippa H, Isabelle S, Georgia L on 7 Feb 2024.
    • Photo: Zoe Vance

      Zoe Vance answered on 7 Feb 2024:

      You might get a better answer from someone more specialised in how bodies are put together, but I can’t think of a good reason why not having a neck would be lethal (as long as everything is still connected right). You can be born with some bones fused together that basically means you have no neck, so you don’t die without one – but it’s probably useful to have all the same! Probably quite important for supporting your head (human brains are quite heavy) and allowing you to move your head around. So it probably isn’t essential for surviving but I don’t think we’ll ever see humans evolving away from having one!