The noblest creature ever to roam this island was surely megalocerus giganteus, the Irish elk, so named because it was first discovered in Irish peat bogs in the early 1800s when peat was dug by hand.
Found across Eurasia and one of the largest deer ever known, it was believed to have become extinct 10,600 years ago, a victim of climate change as Ireland plunged into the ice age. Recent studies of its bones and...
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