Irish elk


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Irish elk

n.
A large extinct deer of the genus Megaloceros of the Pliocene, Pleistocene, and Holocene Epochs, having very large palmate antlers. Many fossil remains have been found in Irish peat bogs. Also called giant deer.

Irish elk

n
(Palaeontology) an extinct Eurasian giant deer of the Pleistocene genus Megaloceros, which had antlers up to 4 metres across
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It passed so swiftly that we were unable to say what it was; but if it were a deer, as was claimed by Lord John, it must have been as large as those monstrous Irish elk which are still dug up from time to time in the bogs of my native land.
| King Arthur's Cave, Monmouth Hidden deep in the back of the cave, clues were unearthed by late 19th century archaeologists as to this cave's wild past; flints were found alongside the bones of great Irish elk, woolly rhinos, lions and bison dating to a staggering 30,000 years ago.
Started more than 100 years ago but hidden for many years from public view, the unique collection include a stuffed two-headed lamb, Irish elk antlers which are around 7,500 years old, and the skeletons of a Tasmanian devil, rhinoceros and hippopotamus.
A GREAT Irish Elk skull fished out of Lough Neagh has been described as "the best" an expert has seen in decades.
4 Maybole - Fossils thought to be the extinct Irish elk or giant deer megaloceros have been found.
Bears are hibernating in summer and Irish elk have returned from extinction.
The deer world's best-known artifacts from peat bogs are the enormous sheds and skulls of the extinct Megaloceros giganteus, widely known as the "Irish elk." A number of its palmated antlers and other bones have been recovered from peat deposits not just in Ireland but all the way east to Eurasia.
In future, studies could also focus on other huge extinct mammals such as the cave lion, the woolly mammoth, the Irish elk and a giant rhinoceros.
The other was an even huger Irish elk which, now living in England, I saw during a school trip to a museum in the Midlands.
The skeleton of an Irish elk was the high point; that it was huge and extinct made it doubly memorable.
Moose are the largest deer species in the world, once matched in magnitude only by the now-extinct Irish elk, which looked more like a giant fallow deer rather than either an elk or a moose.
Irish elk: This Pleistocene giant was once found across Europe.

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