Megaloceros is an extinct genus of deers that
lived in Eurasia between the late Pliocene
epoch and the late Pleistocene epoch, between
about 2 million and 11,000 years ago.
The best known species of the genus is
Megaloceros giganteus which
is popularly known as the "Irish Elk".
For the most part Megaloceros were large
animals, for example
Megaloceros giganteus was nearly 7 feet (2.1 meters)
tall at the shoulder, and had antlers that were as much
as 12 feet (3.7 meters) from tip to tip. There were
however some smaller species of Megaloceros,
and in particular species living in Mediterranean
islands such as Corsica and Sardinia were prone
to dwarfism, and stood less than 3 feet (1 meter)
tall at the shoulder.
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