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Giant deer jaw bone © 2000 Natural History Museum, London

Giant deer jaw bone

Bone jaw from Church Hole. End of last Ice Age/early Post Glacial.

This right jaw bone from a giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) was excavated from Church Hole in 1875-76. Unfortunately, this specimen is undated and there is no information about the context in which it was found.

Giant deer are best known from finds in Ireland and is therefore called the Irish elk. It had an antler span of up to 3.6 metres and a shoulder height of 2.1 metres. Giant deer were thought to have become extinct at the end of the Last Cold Stage, but recent radiocarbon dates from Southern Scotland and the Isle of Man demonstrate that locally it survived into the very early Post Glacial period at about 9,200 years ago.

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