Monday, 7 November 2016

Telling the difference between deer species by their antlers (part 1)

I made a soft hammer for flint knapping this morning before work and thought it would be a good opportunity to show the difference between two different deer species, On the right in the picture above is a red deer antler and on the left a fallow deer antler, the two tine on the red give it away the first tine (uppermost in this picture) is the brow tine and the second is known as the bez (pronounced bey) tine, notice this is absent on the fallow antler.

The picture below shows the whole antlers and the 'palmation' on the fallow antler (to the left) gives it away, the only wild deer in the UK with these flat antlers is fallow.

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