Retired IT Dinosaur Wrangler
Genetics, sometimes damage, mostly genetics. AKA Non-TypicalOxford said:Howdy Oz! Haven't heard from you for a while. Welcome back, for sure. Hope you had a great Christmas season.
Yes, that was an unusual deer rack. As for what causes unusual "formations", that is an excellent question. I don't know the answer to your question, but would guess it's just a freak of nature. One could suppose it had been fighting too many times with other bucks damaging skull tissues, or...it could have eaten something which caused growth deformations, as you suggested. :nod:
"Most often, the animal has had some kind of virus, illness or deformity of some kind," Tonkinson pointed out. "Sometimes if the deer is damaged in a fight, some type of non-typical feature will result, even though he's growing new antlers each year."