Getting to the hart of the matter: did antlers truly cause the extinction of the Irish elk?

  title={Getting to the hart of the matter: did antlers truly cause the extinction of the Irish elk?},
  author={Cedric O’Driscoll Worman and Tristan Kimbrell},
The extinction of the Irish elk Megaloceros giganteus has traditionally thought to have been caused in one way or another by the enormous antlers of the males. Recently, a popular hypothesis for the Irish elk extinction has been their inability to cope with the nutritional demands of growing such large antlers during worsening habitat conditions. However, this hypothesis is weakened by several previously unaddressed and biologically unreasonable assumptions. We discuss these assumptions and… 

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