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An extinct kind of large deer (Megaloceros giganteus), also known as the giant deer and, rather erroneously, as the Irish elk. Found widely across northern Europe and western Asia during Pleistocene times it stood up to 1.8 m high at the shoulders. The males had huge palmated antlers with a span of up to 3 m. It became extinct around 10 000 years ago.

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