One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extinct giant European and North African deer of the Pleistocene epoch, with massive antlers up to 10 feet (3 m) across.
Megaloceros giganteus, family CervidaeAlso called giant deer
- ‘Female peacocks go for the huge, beautiful, but apparently dysfunctional tails of the male, and female Irish elks went for the male practically immobilized by the biggest antlers.’
- ‘The Irish elk is also known as the giant deer.’
- ‘This is thought to explain the enormous antlers in species such as the Irish elk.’
- ‘Scientists at University College London studied DNA and skeletal remains of the extinct giant deer, or Irish elk, to construct its family tree.’
- ‘The team, though, said their new date for the Irish elk's extinction hints at an additional human-made problem - habitat destruction.’
- ‘The bones of mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, lion, bison, and great Irish elk were found.’
- ‘There was a Swiss boy who lived with his mother and stuffed whitebait, then found God in the eye of a fish; an American who re-created the extinct Irish elk; a man who shot a leopard so that he could bring life to something that was dead.’
- ‘The antlers of the giant deer, or Irish elk, grew as large as 10 feet across.’
- ‘The Irish elk finally went extinct when the antlers became so large that the animals could no longer hold up their heads, or got entangled in the trees.’
- ‘A famous case was his study of the Irish elk, a very large extinct deer with enormous antlers, much greater in proportion to the animal's size than is seen in modern deer.’
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