Confrontational behaviour and bipedality in deer

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Confrontational behaviour and bipedality in deer
Tetrapod Zoology ver 3
Published 15 December 2014
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – one of the most familiar and frequently encountered of mammal groups (at least, to those of us in Eurasia and parts of the Americas) – DEER – are weird and fascinating when you get to know them.


Some Moose don't run; they roar and raise their head down to predators and aggressors, similar to carnivorans. Sambar do it too, plus they're capable of another strange behavior — bipedal walking. A bipedal goat is discussed in order to bring up possible adaptations for bipedality an artiodactyl such as a deer might have. Alas, nobody appears to have studied this or how widespread (or not) it might be.

Mentioned Species[edit]

  • Moose (Alces alces)
  • Sambar (Rusa/Cervus unicolor)
  • Goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)
  • "assorted extinct artiodactyls, sloths, chalicotheres and other mammals known or suspected to be habitual bipeds"