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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Irish Elk Remains

WASHINGTON -- When the last big Ice Age ended, many species of large mammals became extinct. The Irish elk, the biggest deer that ever lived, was believed to have been one of them.

But Adrian Lister of University College in London and colleagues have discovered that the elk, which stood more than six feet tall and had an antler span of more than 10 feet, survived much longer than had been thought, the researchers reported in the June 15 issue of Nature.

The fossilized remains from one elk found on the Isle of Man date back just 9,225 years, which is about 1,400 years younger than any previous specimens,