Prehistoric Megaloceros Deer Vertebrae Pleistocene Era

Prehistoric Megaloceros Deer Vertebrae Pleistocene Era

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Estimated Pleistocene Era: 150,000-10,000 years old



Megaloceros is an extinct genus of deer whose members lived throughout Eurasia from the late Pliocene to the Late Pleistocene and were important herbivores during the Ice Ages. The largest species, Megaloceros giganteus, vernacularly known as the "Irish elk" or "Giant elk", is also the best known. They are thought to be most closely related to the living Dama deer.

Pleistocene: 150,000-10,000 years old

Estimated back to the Ice Age Glaciation period this vertebrae section came from a medium sized Ice Age Deer. Prehistoric deer varied vastly from the modern deer species we see today due to their extreme size. Their incredibly large antlers and size provided protection from predators such as saber-tooth tigers. Most prehistoric Ice Age deer weighed around 1,500 lbs. and often stood at over 8 feet. Most of these deer became extinct and died due to their inability to adapt to the warming temperatures as the snow and ice began to melt.

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