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Roosevelt’s Barking Deer, Unseen for 85 Years, Photographed in Vietnam

roosevelt's montjac

A rare deer species first discovered by the sons of Pres. Teddy Roosevelt 85 years ago has been rediscovered in Vietnam. Camera-trap images of Roosevelt’s muntjacs (aka Roosevelt’s barking deer, Muntiacus rooseveltorum) and other samples collected in Xuan Lien Nature Reserve are the sole record of the species in the country, which was previously known [...]

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Endangered Indian python targets equally endangered Chinese deer

In China’s Datian Nature Reserve, an endangered subspecies of Eld’s deer (Cervus eldi hainanus) and an equally endangered subspecies of Indian python (Python melurus Schlegel) are supposed to live in symbiotic harmony. It seems that’s no longer the case, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Under normal conditions, the pythons eat rodents and other animals [...]

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Observations

Deer antlers are stronger than bone when mates are at stake

deer antler strong bone stiff

When an attractive doe saunters by, male deer need to be ready to fight their peers for a chance to mate with her. And to battle other bucks, these ruminants have developed some highly specialized appendages: antlers, which must be both tough—to absorb the impact—and stiff—to win a pushing war.  "It is very difficult to [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Eld’s deer: endangered, persisting in fragmented populations, and morphologically weird… but it wasn’t always so

This is Eld’s deer Cervus eldi* or the Brow-antlered deer, Thamin or Tamin, a moderately obscure, CITES-listed Old World deer discovered (by Lt. Percy Eld) in India in 1839. It was later found to occur in fragmented populations across much of south-east Asia and also in southern China. Fossils are known from Java and it [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The seemingly endless weirdosity of the Milu

Thanks to everyone who had a go at identifying the ‘mystery object’ I was recently photographed holding. Obviously, said object is an antler. So, well done if you got that bit right. But it’s a very weird antler. It obviously comes from one of the larger deer species and is consistent in overall anatomy with [...]

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