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Giant deer skeleton is 14,500 years old

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

Tests being carried out of the Manx Museum's giant deer skeleton
Tests being carried out of the Manx Museum's giant deer skeleton

New tests have revealed that the giant deer skeleton at the Manx Museum is over 14,000 years old.

The exhibit has been on display for over a century, but the age of the skeleton has never been known until recent testing.

The deer was moved last year allowing samples to be taken, confirming that the deer died around 14,500 years ago - over 4,000 years before humans are thought to have lived on the Island.

The museum hopes that further tests on DNA data and a tooth sample will provide even more information about the popular exhibit.

The skeleton is on display in the Geology Gallery at the Manx Museum.

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