The Irish Elk

by An Ordinary Man (the novel)

Richard, lecturing on sexual selection, mentions the extravagant tail of the peacock and the huge antlers of the Irish Elk as examples where sex appeal has gone sort of crazy.  The Irish Elk, Megaloceros giganteus, a staple in many museums, lived as recently as 7,700 years ago and used to range all the way from Ireland to Africa, with a related form in China.  It is more of a giant deer than an elk.

irish-elk (Megaloceros giganteus)

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