Giant Irish Elk Skull and Antlers
Popularly known as the Irish Elk Megaloceros giganteous was one of the largest deer species that ever lived. These extinct prehistoric creatures roamed from Ireland in the West to Lake Baikal in the East during the Late Pleistocene. Megaloceros giganteous first appeared approximately 400,000 years ago. Standing up to 2.1 meters (6.9 ft) tall at the shoulders, the species boasted the largest antlers of any known cervid. Some scientists have suggested that the demise of the Irish Elk may have been due to human hunting, as may have been the case with other Pleistocene megafauna.
The present fine specimen, with an antler measurement of an impressive five feet across, would be a covetable prize for the collector of distinguished fossils or the ultimate addition to any trophy room. The specimen comes from a private collection in France. The skull and antlers are natural to each other.
Width of antlers measures 60in