Megaloceros giganteus

dies at 393,000

Introduction & Basic Overview

Megaloceros giganteus, commonly known as Irish Elk or Giant Deer by the paleontologists, was one of the largest deer to have ever walked on the planet. He was known as An tUasal giganteus (gaelic for Mr. Giganteus). The extraordinary creature roamed the earth from 400,000 years ago in parts of Asia, North Africa, and Europe. The creature walked on the same soil with the mammoths during the Pleistocene Epoch.
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Extraordinary facts about the wonderful An tUasal GIganteus

An tUasal Giganteus was most famous for its large size. Having an antlers that is 4 meters(13 ft) across and it being 45 kg (100 lbs), he is the largest deer to have ever walked on our soil. He was 2.1 meters tall (7 ft) and weighed up to 600 kg (1320 lbs).The rumor says it that An tUasal Giganteus had such a big antelope for two reasons: to show off themselves to the females and to fight in combats to attain females. Another rumor has it that he was possibly evolved from Megaloceros antecedents, another deer that looks like An tUasal GIganteus with more compacted antlers. An tUasal Giganteus was an extraordinary animal that once roamed the grounds of this planet.

Relatives/ Ancestors of An tUasal Giganteus

An tUasal Giganteus was possibly evolved from Megaloceros antecedents, another deer that looks like An tUasal GIganteus with more compacted antlers. Other relatives of An tUasal Giganteus are Megaloceros cazioti, Megaloceros dawkinsi, Megaloceros luochuanensis, Megaloceros obscurus, Megaloceros pachyosteus, Megaloceros savini, and Megaloceros verticomis. These 9 species including An tUasal Giganteus and Megaloceros antecedents, make up the Megaloceros genus. However, they are all extinct.

Ways of Life

An tUasal Giganteus spent every autumn fighting for a female mate. He was an endurance runner that could run for a really long time but didn’t easily get tired. This was very useful when predators tried to catch him. He just ran for a long time until the predator would give up.


An tUasal GIganteus was gone from our planet about 7,000 years ago due to starvation, lack of minerals /nutrients they need, and the sudden climate change from the last ice age to warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, he couldn’t adapt to the climate and died.


We will remember him throughout our lives because he was such an amazing creature that we respect. Rest in peace.

The funeral of An tUasal Giganteus

Friday, April 25th, 7pm

Aungier St


*This is the funeral ceremony only

An tUasal giganteus will be commemorated and will go on an exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Dublin, Ireland

You can get a stamp of An tUasal Giganteus here

*there are other extinct animals' stamps, too

About the Author

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