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Giant deer skull

Description: Skull of Giant Deer (Megaloceros giganteus) with the base of the antlers still attached and nearly all of its teeth. The lower jaw was not present. Found on Kirk Michael beach, north of Glen Balleira, grid reference: SC3156291721. Wear on the antlers suggest it was rolled on the beach for some time.

These deer roamed the open tundra landscape of the British Isles towards the end of the last Ice Age, before the islands had separated from each other and from Europe. Bones of these huge beasts are sometimes found, well preserved, in the fine-grained sediment which accumulated in freshwater pools.

Date found: 2017-10

Taxonomic name: Megaloceros giganteus

Collection: Natural History Geology Collection

ID number: 2018-0070

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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