In all our travels in Europe, we have seen very little large specimens of fossil RED DEER and certainly, a piece of this level of completeness is a RARE FIND! At nearly FOUR FEET in height, this is one of the most impressive deer fossils we have ever handled. This is a complete half of an Ice Age European Red Deer skull and antler rack. Along with the reindeer, the Red Deer were crucial animals to the survival of prehistoric humans all across Europe. These animals were one of the main food sources hunted by Upper Paleolithic Cro-Magnons. Later, in the Neolithic and into the Bronze Age, ancient humans would use their antlers to fashion into hammers to work stone and bronze.
Very few museums show impressive fossils of the Red Deer despite their importance in the fossil record and in prehistoric human history. This is a rare chance to acquire a specimen worthy of a museum exhibit.
Despite the numbers of prehistoric herds, the fossils of the Red Deer are abnormally absent from the fossil record. Antler pieces are sometimes found that are much smaller than this large rack, but that is about it. Perhaps prehistoric humans were so complete and resourceful in hunting that every remain was used, leaving little behind. They were more delicate in skeletal anatomy than bison or rhino certainly, but their sheer numbers were so great, you would think the fossils would be as common as horse, but they are not.
This would make a phenomenal display piece laying alongside primitive hunting weapons of prehistoric man! It is a rare fossil from a beast that is seldom found in Late Pleistocene fossil collections. A great compliment to a primitive man stone tool and weapon collection as these animals lived alongside humans, played a vital role for resources in human survival during the last Ice Age and were hunted / revered by both Neanderthal man and Cro-Magnon man.