I about bust a gut when I looked at the picture on that page though. The artist's "interpretation" of megaloceros' rack look more like the palm up hands-o-death straight off the grim reaper! Sorry but the rack just didn't look right to me....
Granted, the rack looked a bit overdone, but it was one of the few pictures I've seen that put flesh on the skeleton. I've seen some in museums (Denver Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian stand out), and it seems like the racks varied somewhat like moose racks do around the world -- some were more palm than tine, others were vice versa.
One article estimated Irish Elk at 800-1000 pounds (smaller than Pennsylvania Elk). But then primitive man didn't have a truck to drag one to, so that number is probably pretty low.
[ This Message was edited by: expatriate on 2003-01-28 23:14 ]
I will admit, I love deer plots.
I love planting... even the garden at home.
What I do not like are high cost farm implements.
I found myself in need of a cultipacker for clover and other small seed - but could not find a decent deal on a small unit.
OK, fine... I will make one!
The materials were very simple... some plastic corrugated sewer drain pipe, some metal, 2 bearings and some concrete and you are in business!
I cut the pipe, in this case, to 46" wide - as I intended to pull this one...