Irish Elk Facts

Megaloceros, popularly known as the Irish Elk has been misnamed for the species is neither elk nor Irish. This is the name of an extinct deer species, the largest ever. The Irish Elk was as tall as seven feet up till its shoulder and its antlers were spread up to twelve feet. The evolution of this giant deer species took place in the glacial periods while the Pleistocene Epoch was on. The species became extinct because it failed to adapt to the subarctic conditions that existed in the final glaciations or the marked change that took place post the retreat of the sheet of ice. The last deer of the species died almost 11,000 years ago in Ireland.

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The skull of an extinct Great Irish Elk pulled from Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland, in a fishing net is over 10,500-years-old from Damnthatsinteresting

14 Comments on “Irish Elk Facts”

  1. Even thereafter we won’t save some of the animals which is present now, then it will be also like this deer. we will also get that animal’s bone one day, and we will conclude that animal shape through computer…

  2. poor critters. to dumb to migrate south. what scientist was around 11,000 yr.s ago to record that poor deers death? I dunno, the drawing looks more like a moose to me. The manufactured skeleton looks like an anorexic Dragon also.

    1. *Too* dumb, don’t you mean? Animals aren’t dumb. Only humans are, and we’re just animals at the top of the food chain.

  3. SUDHA wrote:
    Even thereafter we won’t save some of the animals which is present now, then it will be also like this deer. we will also get that animal’s bone one day, and we will conclude that animal shape through computer…

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  4. Just Fished a little Boy out of the lake by me house and he said he had seen a Irish deer in the water i said are you sure it wasn’t you!

  5. Your a bunch of idiots to believe that crude. Yes the elk was real and was probably hunted out. Do you realize how much one of those elks could feed a large surviving family? And we were made in the image of God not animals. We humans are the smartest creatures on earth and it wasn’t an accident.

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