Giant Chinese Elk

Sinomegaceros pachyosteus

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Genus information

Sinomegaceros is an extinct genus of giant deer from the Pleistocene epoch of Asia. It resembled and was closely related to the giant deer from Eurasia, Megaloceros, although it was smaller is in size and had smaller antlers. Still, its antlers could grow up to 1.6 meters from tip to tip in some species! Also, its brow tines were large in some species and sometimes grew upwards. Sinomegaceros is known from many locations in China and was even described from Japan. It probably lived in forested areas.

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Cervidae

Asia

Pleistocene

Species information

The Giant Chinese Elk, Sinomegaceros pachyosteus, is known from the Pleistocene epoch of China and was a large species within its genus. It stood about 1.5 meters high and the shoulders and had huge antlers, growing 1.6 meters from tip to tip. Also, its brow tines grew upwards forming some sort of shield on top of its head. The Giant Chinese Elk went extinct about 11.500 years ago.

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Sinomegaceros pachyosteus

Young, 1932

Asia

Pleistocene

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2.2 m

1.5 m

400 kg

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