Confrontational behaviour and bipedality in deer
|Confrontational behaviour and bipedality in deer|
|Tetrapod Zoology ver 3|
|Published||15 December 2014|
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.
- 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"