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Fishermen Find 10,000-Year-Old Skull and Antlers of Extinct Giant Elk

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posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 01:58 PM
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A pair of lucky Northern Irish fishermen pulled in this skull with enormous antlers, measuring a whopping six feet in length. The extraordinary specimen belonged to the extinct Great Elk, which hasn’t been seen in Ireland for over 10,000 years, Belfast Live reports.


This was pulled up by a net from 20 feet down in a freshwater lake in Northern Ireland. 4 years ago a jaw bone from a Great Elk was pulled up in the same spot.





gizmodo.com


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posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:02 PM
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Wall-mount!
I have the hand and forearm of an allosaur I found in Texas hill-country when I was a kid.
I spent weeks cleaning it up.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:02 PM
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Damn, that's a hell of a set of antlers. I can't imagine the muscle structure it would have taken to support a head & neck with that much weight. I'm sure it was nothing to the Great Elk but still!



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:03 PM
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a reply to: skunkape23

Pictures or it didn't happen




posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:08 PM
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It was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis big I swear it!



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:11 PM
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a reply to: Nyiah

Can you imagine seeing that elk running full speed, must of been one heck of a sight.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:19 PM
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The megaloceros giganteus had on average a 12 foot tip to tip antlers weighing up to 90 pounds and the elk itself stood about 7 ft tall and weighing 1300 pounds.

Magnificent beast.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 02:49 PM
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originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: Nyiah

Can you imagine seeing that elk running full speed, must of been one heck of a sight.


That would be the proverbial "S# Your Pants" Special, no doubt.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 03:45 PM
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Some artists impressions:

prehistoric-fauna.com...

Just under twice the height of an adult human:

vignette.wikia.nocookie.net...



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 03:54 PM
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a reply to: stormcell

Nice, talk about filling up the freezer



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 03:55 PM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars


Nice rack.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 04:18 PM
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Imagine the balls on that sucker. Right at human t-bag level lmao. That is insane, thanks for sharing OP.

I had no idea great elk once existed. With a 12 foot horn wingspan, how the hell did those beasts navigate a forest? Lol.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 04:51 PM
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originally posted by: Lightdhype
Imagine the balls on that sucker. Right at human t-bag level lmao. That is insane, thanks for sharing OP.

I had no idea great elk once existed. With a 12 foot horn wingspan, how the hell did those beasts navigate a forest? Lol.


Hehe. That's exactly what I was thinking. Would they be able to see the edge of those things?

When I was growing up, whitetail would occasionally get antlers caught in a fence. Very few people have the testicality to try to untangle a pissed-off buck in a situation like that, especially at certain times of the year.

I bet that if one of these guys were to really get going, they could just put their head down, and act just like a bush-hog.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 06:10 PM
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And those horns/skull didn’t disintegrate in water over 10,000 years because.... ?



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 06:10 PM
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posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 07:15 PM
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Because it is bone?







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posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 08:17 PM
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originally posted by: oriondc
And those horns/skull didn’t disintegrate in water over 10,000 years because.... ?

Because it's bone, and depending on water conditions (acidic or not, anaerobic or not, etc) water can preserve bone a long damn time.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 08:33 PM
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a reply to: LookingAtMars

That is the coolest find! I would have soiled my linens if I had found it. Build a house around it I would.

Why does it seem that period had some really cool animals?



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 08:39 PM
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originally posted by: oriondc
And those horns/skull didn’t disintegrate in water over 10,000 years because.... ?


Bog peat marshes with low oxygen levels, so nothing decomposes.



posted on Sep, 8 2018 @ 08:40 PM
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a reply to: ABNARTY

I agree, all our animals are girly animals compared to back then.



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