Survival of the Irish elk into the Holocene

@article{Gonzlez2000SurvivalOT,
  title={Survival of the Irish elk into the Holocene},
  author={Silvia Gonz{\'a}lez and Andrew C. Kitchener and Adrian M. Lister},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={405},
  pages={753-754}
}
The giant deer Megaloceros giganteus was a celebrated victim of the Late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction, the timing and causes of which are hotly debated. Until now, it was believed that the giant deer's demise occurred during the Late Glacial (about 10,600 years ago), before the Pleistocene–Holocene boundary. Here we report new radiocarbon dates from two specimens in stratified contexts, which indicate that a giant deer population still existed around the northern Irish Sea Basin in the… 
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