Candiacervus

Candiacervus reumeri

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Genus information

Candiacervus, or Cretan Deer, is an extinct genus of deer that thrived on the Greek island of Crete during the Pleistocene epoch. They weren't just ordinary deer: besides their spatula- or club-shaped antlers, their small size was their most notable feature. Some species just reached 40 cm at the shoulders! They were even closely related to the giant Megaloceros deer from the mainland. Candiacervus evolved in mutiple species to occupy all potential niches on the island, ranging from dense forests to rocky outcrops.

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Cervidae

Europe

Pleistocene

Species information

A total of ten species of Candiacervus are known at the moment, of which C. reumeri is one of the smaller sized species that lived on the island of Crete. It stood 50 cm high and weighed about 20 kg. Its antlers resembled (more or less) that of some modern deer and had several tines pointing upwards.

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Candiacervus reumeri

Van der Geer, 2018

Europe

Pleistocene

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80 cm

50 cm

20 kg

Reference:

van der Geer, A. A. (2018). Uniformity in variety: Antler morphology and evolution in a predator-free environment. Palaeontol Electron.

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