9.2" Irish Elk Jaw - Pleistocene, Germany

 
 
This is an nicely preserved jaw with several teeth of the extinct Irish Elk (Megaloceros giganteus) This fossil comes from the gravel deposits along the Rhine River in Germany. It has a repaired crack but no restoration. The teeth have a nice, jet black preservation and no erosion.

Megaloceros giganteus was a giant prehistoric deer with antlers that could grow up to 12 feet across. It's estimated that they could have attained a body mass of nearly 1,500 pounds, roughly equivalent to an Alaskan Moose. The most recent remains of the species have been carbon dated to about 7,700 years ago in Siberia.

The Rhine River gravel deposits date from between 250-10k years old. This jaw was found sometime ago when these deposits produced higher quality fossils. Today the gravel quarries and river dredges in Europe are more mechanized and more destructive to fossils and mining methods in the past.

Life reconstruction of the extinct giant deer, genus Megaloceros
Life reconstruction of the extinct giant deer, genus Megaloceros
DETAILS
SPECIES
Megaloceros giganteus
LOCATION
Rhine River Gravel Deposit, Germany
SIZE
9.2" long
CATEGORY
ITEM
#31481
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