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Stag Moose (Cervalces Scotti)

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The Stag Moose, Cervalces scotti (Wikimedia Commons)

Name:

Stag Moose; also known as Cervalces scotti

Habitat:

Plains of North America

Historical Epoch:

Pleistocene-Modern (2 million-10,000 years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 8 feet long and 1,000 pounds

Diet:

Grass

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Large size; thin legs; elaborate antlers

 

About the Stag Moose:

The Stag Moose (which is sometimes hyphenated and capitalized differently, as the Stag-moose) wasn't technically a moose, but an overgrown, moose-like deer of Pleistocene North America that had unusually long, skinny legs, a head reminiscent of an elk, and elaborate, branched antlers matched only by its fellow prehistoric deer Eucladoceros. Like other megafauna mammals of the last Ice Age, the Stag Moose may have been hunted to extinction by early humans, but it also may have succumbed to climate change and the loss of its natural pasture. Interestingly, the first Stag Moose fossil was discovered way back in 1805 by William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame!

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