- An extinct giant European and North African deer of the Pleistocene epoch, with massive antlers up to 10 feet (3 m) across. Also called giant deer.
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- Megaloceros giganteus, family Cervidae
- Scientists at University College London studied DNA and skeletal remains of the extinct giant deer, or Irish elk, to construct its family tree.
- The antlers of the giant deer, or Irish elk, grew as large as 10 feet across.
- The Irish elk finally went extinct when the antlers became so large that the animals could no longer hold up their heads, or got entangled in the trees.
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