The Irish Elk, (Megaloceros) meaning "giant antler" was really a giant extinct deer, the largest deer species ever, that stood up to seven feet at the shoulder, with antlers spanning up to 12 feet. The Irish elk evolved during the glacial periods of the last million years, during the Pleistocene Epoch.
It ranged throughout Europe, northern Asia and northern Africa, and a related form is known from China. The name "Irish" has stuck because excellent, well-preserved fossils of the giant deer are especially common in lake sediments and peat bogs in Ireland.
Unable to adapt to the subartic conditions of the last glaciation or the marked transition that occured after the final retreat of the ice sheet, the largest deer that ever lived became extinct, the last one in Ireland dying around 11,000 years ago.
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A very interesting and unusual post. Shooting conditions must have been difficult, you managed well. I find it a bit cluttered and the colour in the BG/explanatory panel is a bit distracting. In b+w focussing on the main subject is easier, but then I like b+w; see my workshop to compare.