Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Antler types

Mostly for Avery, who asked a question thingy:
Here's a quick picture from one of our teaching spaces in my building. We have a nice mount next to a moose rack.
Now, you can probably see the gross differences between them. Some people consider Caribou/Reindeer antlers to be palmate. I think beyond the shovel, you're hard pressed to make the argument that there's sufficient fill between the tines (points) of the rack to qualify it as palmate. I would consider the Fallow Deer to be palmate, as opposed to Caribou. Others, like Geist, would probably disagree with me.

I get the ultimate copout in arguments, though. I'm not a morphologist. I'm not overly concerned with the differences. If it's not scottishDNA, it's crrrrrraap. Not really, but it's still fun to say

2 comments:

Arvay said...

Wow that Scottish fallow deer fellow is amazing! Thanks for the photos and explanations!

Arvay said...

Oh wait, haha. He's not Scottish. Just your reference. :)