Giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) diet from Mid‐Weichselian deposits under the present North Sea inferred from molar‐embedded botanical remains

@article{vanGeel2018GiantD,
  title={Giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) diet from Mid‐Weichselian deposits under the present North Sea inferred from molar‐embedded botanical remains},
  author={Bas van Geel and Jan Sevink and Dick Mol and Bram W. Langeveld and Raymond van der Ham and C. J. M. van der Kraan and Johannes van der Plicht and Jimera Haile and Alba Rey-Iglesia and Eline D. Lorenzen},
  journal={Journal of Quaternary Science},
  year={2018},
  volume={33}
}
The molar of a giant deer, Megaloceros giganteus (Blumenbach, 1799), was discovered in sandy deposits of the North Sea, about 10 km west of the present shoreline of the Netherlands. Compacted masticated plant remains were preserved in the molar's deep folds. A palaeoecological analysis of these plant remains shows the complete dominance of pollen from Artemisia (sage) and other Asteraceae Tubuliflorae (Compositae), indicating that the animal foraged in a steppe environment, and may have… 
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