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MegalocerusMegalocerus Sculpture

How to pronouce it's name:

meg-a-lo-sear-us

Definition of name:

"giant antler"

Lived when:

Emerged about 400,000 years ago and through into the Ice Age

Died out when:

At the end of the Ice Age

Type of food eaten:

Herbivore (Vegetation)

Fossils found where:

The best fossils have been found (hence the common name of the Irish Elk). Other Megaloceros fossils have been discovered all over Europe and as far away as China.

Model facts:

The Megaloceros were the last models to be made depicting the most recent animals of the display to have become extinct. Originally, the models had real fossilised antlers attached to the heads of the males. These proved too heavy for the model to sustain so were replaced with smaller and lighter replicas

Creature fact:

The male Megaloceros had to eat a huge amount of vegetation to sustain their gigantic antlers. This could have been a contributing factor to their downfall as during the Ice Age their habitats would have been covered with a thick layer of snow, which would have destroyed their food source. Many fossil antlers that have been discovered in Ireland show signs that the creatures were suffering from malnutrition. The fallow deer of today are the closest living relative of the megaloceros

 

 
 

 

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