I was reading the October Petersons Hunting mag and Boddington had an article on the "Fanged Deer of England."
Seems one of the kings imported a bunch of Chinese Water deer and Muntjac's in the 19th century, and they are doing well across the pond. They are small deer, around 20 inches and 25lbs for male water deer and male Muntjac are about the same but up to 35 pounds (from a brief google search). Both have fangs, the Water deer's are larger.
I instantly thought of this thread. I am not a scientist, but imagine these fanged deer never lost them from the prehistoric days... and would think the mutations hunters have seen in the US are fall backs like someone above mentioned.
Here is a link to a Chinese Water deer skull:
http://www.skullsunlimited.com/record_s ... hp?id=1468
And a Muntjac skull:
http://www.skullsunlimited.com/record_v ... hp?id=4030
Very cool skull mount, I never paid much attention to the mouths of the deer I kill or help process.. I will now!
Thanks for sharing.
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