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Head to head: the case for fighting behaviour in Megaloceros giganteus using finite element analysis

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The largest antlers of any known deer species belonged to the extinct giant deer Megaloceros giganteus. It has been argued that their antlers were too large for use in fighting, instead being used only in ritualised displays to attract mates. Here we used finite element analysis (FEA) to test whether the antlers of M. giganteus could have withstood forces generated during fighting. We compared the mechanical performance of antlers in M. giganteus with three extant deer species: red deer (Cerv...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rspb.2019.1873

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
GLAM
Department:
Natural History Museum
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-8215-5748
Publisher:
Royal Society
Journal:
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences More from this journal
Volume:
286
Issue:
1912
Article number:
20191873
Publication date:
2019-10-09
Acceptance date:
2019-09-19
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
Pubs id:
pubs:1054197
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uuid:aa39f46e-dd1d-4607-8302-54c91a62192b
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pubs:1054197
Source identifiers:
1054197
Deposit date:
2019-09-19

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