Zoology Collection - White-tailed Deer Racks

Locked in Mortal Combat

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These White-tailed Deer antlers (Odocoileus virginianus) tell a sad tale. The racks became entangled when two young bucks butted heads in a contest to establish dominance. They remained locked together and the deer likely starved to death as a result. Try counting the points on each rack … one of the deer was probably a bit older than the other, but neither was fully mature, as shown by the lack of fusion in the skull segments.

Object type: 
Mammal
Object #: 
972.329.008
Collection name: 
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Date (age/made): 
1972
Origin/place: 
Nova Scotia
Materials: 
Bone, Antler
Dimensions: 
38 cm L x 49 cm W x 44 cm H