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Local fishermen find skull and antlers of extinct Great Irish Elk

Local fishermen find skull and antlers of extinct Great Irish Elk
Copyright Ardboe Heritage
Copyright Ardboe Heritage
By Cristina Abellan Matamoros
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Local fishermen find skull and antlers of extinct Great Irish Elk in their fishing nets

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Irish fishermen have found antlers and a skull belonging to the now extinct great Irish elk.

Raymond McElroy and Charlie Coyle, both fishermen in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, found the remains of a great Irish elk in their eel net in Lough Neagh’s Toome Bay, said Ardboe Heritage, a gallery tied to a local heritage group.

Ardboe – Wednesday 5 September 2018 Skull of a Great Irish Elk, minus lower jaw, taken up today by a net in Lough Neagh

Publiée par Ardboe Gallery sur Mercredi 5 septembre 2018

Irish local media said the remains were more than a 10,500 years old and although it’s called the great Irish elk, the species roamed all over Europe and  Russia. The last of the species died around 11,000 years ago, said a paper by the University of California Berkeley Museum of Paleontology.

They added the relic was technically a deer rather than an elk, but was the largest deer species ever recorded. It stood up to 2.1 metres at the shoulders with antlers spanning up to 3.65 metres.

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