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'Irish Elk,' on display since 1872

Often called the “Irish Elk,” this giant deer ranged far beyond Ireland, and its closest living relative is the fallow deer, not the elk. It is the Smithsonian’s oldest mounted fossil skeleton, on display since 1872.


The “dinosaur exhibit” -- as everybody calls it, although it’s much more than that -- in the newly reopened fossil hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is fascinating.

Best to view in "Original" because other versions resized by Pbase are decidedly unsharp.

‘What big teeth you have!’ posted earlier:

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Charlene Ambrose03-Dec-2019 04:23
Great shot! I've never seen a fossil like this one! V
Gill Kopy03-Dec-2019 02:02
You captured this so well !! What an amazing fossil. V
Ton T.02-Dec-2019 20:29
Incredible huge antlers! Amazing shot Helen V
Apostolos Tikopoulos02-Dec-2019 19:37
Splendid shot of this fossil. V/
bill friedlander02-Dec-2019 18:02
The antlers are amazing but would be a hindrance in a forest. V
janescottcumming02-Dec-2019 18:00
Amazing he could walk with such big antlers. V
Tom Munson02-Dec-2019 17:03
What a cool capture.
Jim Coffman02-Dec-2019 16:20
Wow, this is one I have never seen before.. Nice capture, Helen...
Pieter Bos02-Dec-2019 16:01
Spectacular fossil, well captured Helen. ~V
Raymond02-Dec-2019 15:43
Wow an impressive panache