Taphonomy and Herd Structure of the Extinct Irish Elk, Megaloceros giganteus.

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Fossils of the late Pleistocene elk Megaloceros giganteus from Ballybetagh bog, near Dublin, Ireland, indicate that males segregated from females during winters. The segregation implies seasonal rutting and polygynous mating and is consistent with the idea that large antlers functioned for social display. Within male groups, winterkill was the chief cause… (More)

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@article{Barnosky1985TaphonomyAH, title={Taphonomy and Herd Structure of the Extinct Irish Elk, Megaloceros giganteus.}, author={Anthony D Barnosky}, journal={Science}, year={1985}, volume={228 4697}, pages={340-4} }