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Antlers are the usually large, branching bony appendages on the heads of most deer species.
Antler originally meant the lowest tine, the “brow tine”. It comes from the Old French antoillier, of uncertain origin, possibly from some form of an unattested Latin word *anteocularis, “before the eye” (and applied to the word for “branch” or “horn”).
Antlers are unique to cervids and found mostly on males: only caribou and reindeer have antlers on the females, and these are normally smaller than those of the males. Nevertheless, fertile does from other species of deer have the capacity to produce antlers on occasion, usually due to increased testosterone levels.
Each antler grows from an attachment point on the skull called a pedicle. While an antler is growing, it is covered with highly vascular skin called velvet, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone. Antlers are considered one of the most exaggerated cases of male secondary sexual traits in the animal kingdom, and grow…

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