GIANT DEER MEGALOCEROS PARTIAL SKULL WITH DETAILED BRAIN CASE AND
MASSIVE ANTLER BASES
Quarry - Southeastern Poland
PERIOD: 1.5 million - 7,700 years ago
This is a VERY RARE fossil
since genuine fossil specimens of this extinct Ice Age beast are seldom
available for sale on the public market. When they are, they are
usually jaw sections of small portions of the antlers. A recent
collection we acquired included two partial skull portions and this is
the larger of the two specimens. Presented here is an intact skull
cap with BOTH giant antler bases of the extinct
European Giant Deer Megaloceros giganteus.
The specimen is UNBROKEN,
completely natural and original as found.
For educational display, this is a perfect specimen because it is
extremely heavy and the gigantic thickness of the antler bases is
plainly visible along with a detailed brain case showing how large the
brain was. This was quite an amazing creature and it is hard to
believe the animal was able to manage the weight of the skull with these
massive antlers. This rare specimen dramatically demonstrates just
how enormous the antlers were by the intact trunks coming up out of the
cranium. The bone is extremely solid and well-mineralized making
this a perfect fossil to safely pass around in a classroom or for museum
visitors to handle. To pick up and feel the massive proportions of
this beast's skull is an experience you will never forget! This
probably was one of the most magnificent beasts of the last Ice Age and
the scarcity of the fossils lead us to believe these were very solitary
animals with large territories similar to a modern day moose. The bone shows
remarkable grain and beautiful natural
coloring. Fine grade fossils of this massive beast are most
difficult to find in today's market. From an animal that is almost
never found in private fossil
collections or even public museums.
WITH NO REPAIR AND NO RESTORATION.
This specimen would also
make a great compliment to a
stone tool and weapon collection as they lived alongside each other in
pre-history at one point, and were hunted and revered by both
Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man.
extinct Giant Deer, known both as Megaloceros (and Megaceros) giganteus,
went completely extinct after the last Ice Age ended. The latest
remains have been Carbon-14 dated to 7700 years ago. This animal
is also called the "Irish Elk" or "Giant Irish Deer" but it is neither
an elk nor exclusively found in Ireland, where it once thrived in the
lowlands there, up to 10,500 years ago.
The Giant Deer was the
largest member of the Cervidae (deer family) that ever walked the
planet. It stood over 10 feet at the shoulders and males had
massive antler racks that spread over 11 feet in width. Like deer
of today, these antlers were shed annually. These beasts are
estimated to have weighed between 800 and 1000 pounds. The design
of the antlers varied considerably between each Giant Deer but all had
flat broad regions with projecting pointed tines. Only the males
possessed antlers. The impressive racks functioned in two ways:
to intimidate rivals and impress potential mates, as well as for
fighting other males. The antlers were naturally designed as
well-engineered weapons that were both deadly and able to sustain heavy
impact when thrust against another rack. Two fighting males would
strike each other in an attempt to gouge the enemy with their heavy,
sharp antler tines.
Large herds of Giant
Deer roamed Europe and Western Asia during the last Ice Age where they
were hunted by large cats, wolves and
Primitive Man. Genuine fossil
remains are seldom found today. The largest known deposits of
Giant Deer fossils have been found in peat bogs in Ireland. In the
earlier centuries, remains were able to be located beneath the turf as
it was harvested by hand. Today, the peat is extracted with
machinery which damages the fossils and complicates discovery.
Furthermore, despite these deposits, Giant Deer fossils are protected in Ireland and
off-limits to export. While the Giant Deer lived in other parts of
Europe besides Ireland, preserved remains are a rare and prized find. Both names, MEGALOCEROS and MEGACEROS are
ULTRA RARE -
DRAMATIC DISPLAY SPECIMEN OF MASSIVE SKULL SHOWING
GIGANTIC ANTLER DIMENSIONS
WITH INTACT ANTLER BASES AND HIGHLY DETAILED BRAIN CASE ON
UNDERSIDE - FROM A CLASSIC BUT RARE ICE AGE BEAST!
Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet.