Megaloceros (Irish Elk)
400,000 - 6,800BC
Yet another ungulate (hoofed animals) hunted by humans. The Megaloceros (mega-lok-er-os) or Irish Elk lived during the last ice age, along side man, woolly mammoth, woolly rhino, neanderthal, and the british sabre-toothed cat. It was thought that the Irish Elk went extinct because it couldn't hold its head up because of antlers that were the size of a full grown man. But now its thought that it was the climate change and humans that made them extinct. The reason that the antler extinction was thrown out is because the animal would have compensated with the giant antlers by evolving stronger bone and mussel to carry them.
The Irish Elk was taller then a human making it the biggest deer that has ever lived, yep, the Irish Elk should be called the 'Irish Deer' instead, because it is closer related to the deer then the elk. Some Irish Elks antlers were found halo suggesting that the species was adapting to the heavy antlers.