Deer species thought to be eradicated in the 1930s & can still live & # 39; after scientists a & # 39; new & # 39; found antlers in Laos
- The deer of the Schomburgk was declared extinct after he last died in captivity in 1932
- However, in 1991 a antler of a deer from Schomburgk was found
- Researchers have now confirmed that the number of deer antlers found was fresh
- They now believe that a small population of deer could still be alive in Laos
A deer species that became extinct in the 1930s can still live today after scientists & # 39; fresh & # 39; have discovered antlers that belong.
The wild population of the deer of Schomburgk died out in 1932, while the last known, kept in captivity, died six years later.
Well documented in Thailand, the deer was hunted to extinction by humans.
An antler of a deer from Schomburgk, however, was discovered in 1991 by a truck driver in Laos, apparently in a fresh state.
Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois have now confirmed that the antlers are from a deer from Schomburgk, even though the species has died out more than half a century earlier.
They believe that in the past a small population of deer lived in a remote area of central Laos, suggesting that they might still live there.
This antler was confirmed to belong to a deer from Schomburgk and is described as fresh – despite the fact that it was found more than half a century after the species had died out
Well documented in Thailand, the deer was hunted to extinction by people with the latter thought to have died in captivity in 1938
According to the study, which was published in the magazine of & # 39; Bombay Natural History Society & # 39 ;, the truck driver gave the antlers to a shop in the northern Laos province of Phongsali after he found them in 1991.
In February of that year, United Nations agronomist Laurent Chazee photographed the antlers.
These photos have now been analyzed by researcher Gary Galbreath, professor of biological sciences at Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and his associate GB Schroering.
They discovered that, based on the basket-shaped, widely distributed and hyper-branched structure of the antlers, the antlers belonged to the deer of Schomburgk.
They said that other Asian deer antlers do not have the same basket shape.
Galbreath also confirmed that the antlers were fresh when it was photographed in 1991.
They were seen with dark red to reddish-brown dried blood that would turn black with age.
The researcher believes that a small population of deer lived in a remote area of central Laos, suggesting that they may still live there
The antler of a deer from Schomburgk was discovered in 1991 by a truck driver in Laos, apparently in fresh condition. This has now been confirmed by researchers
The color of the blood and the condition of the exposed bone marrow helped them determine that the antlers were fresh.
Galbreath said, "The relative antiquity of the antler specimens can be judged by the materials such as dried marrow, which still adhere to it. Even the blood was still reddish. It would turn black with age.
& # 39; In the tropics, the antlers would not keep looking like this within a few months. & # 39;
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