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Any member of a genus (Megaloceros) of extinct giant deer commonly found as fossils in Pleistocene deposits (2.6 million–11,700 years old) in Europe and Asia. About the size of a modern moose, the Irish elk had the largest antlers of any form of deer known, in some specimens about 13 ft (4 m) across. It may have survived until c. 700–500 BCE.
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