Stag-Moose, Cervalces scotti

The stag-moose (Cervalces scotti) is also known as the stag moose and was actually a deer that resembled a moose. It resided in North America during the Pleistocene era. Its range included New Jersey and Iowa, reach north from Arkansas to Southern Canada. It inhabited wetlands in these areas. This animal had long legs, a head resembling an elk, and huge, complex antlers.

The stag-moose became extinct during the mass extinction of large mammals that occurred in the last Ice Age on North America, nearly 11,500 years ago. Although there is no evidence that humans were involved, it can be assumed that they involved indirectly. Smaller mammals may have carried diseases that were related to humans, or as with other large mammals of that time, they may have gone extinct due to advancements in human hunting technologies.

The first remains of the stag-moose were found by William Clark at Big Bone Lick, Kentucky. In 1885, a more intact individual was uncovered in New Jersey, by William Barryman Scott. Mummified remains of the stag-moose have been found as well.

Image Caption: Stag-moose (Cervalces scotti) fossil at the ROM. Credit: Staka/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0)