The Candiacervus major tibia (specimen number 28 in Capasso Barbato & Petronio 1986 ) and metatarsal bone (specimen number 30 in Capasso Barbato & Petronio 1986 ) herein studied are part of the rich fossil sample collected sopra the 70s at the Bate cave and currently stored per the University Museum of Earth Science (MUST, previously Museum of Paleontology), Department of Earth Sciences of the Avvedutezza University (Rome, Italy).

major stinco and metatarsus with those of Cretan Candiacervus species and large continental deer (Eucladoceros, Megaloceros, Celvalces, and Alces) from various localities.

The histomorphological features shown by the bones of this species have been compared with those of per left metatarsus (MPUR/V coll. Bate, n 16b in Capasso Barbato 1989 ) belonging preciso the group of the smallest deer found in the cave. The left metatarsal bone could be identified as C. ropalophorus (and so called here from now on), though the hypothesis that it could represent an individual belonging onesto one or another of the species of size-group 2 (Candiacervus sp. II, de Vos 1979 , 1984 ) cannot be excluded.


Bone measurements were taken using verso digital caliper accurate to 0.01 mm. Multivariate statistical analysis have been performed by means of PAST programma (Hammer et al. 2001 ).

The bones were submitted sicuro radiological analysis. The digital radiographic images of the stinco and metatarsus were captured exposing the bones at verso distance of 120 cm from the X-ray tube programmed with 100 kV, 10 ma, 5 s of time. This distance permits considering as parallel the rays crossing the bones. The radiological images corresponding sicuro the central part of the shaft enable us preciso measure the dimension of the medullary cavity and the thickness of the cortical bone (Croker et al. 2016 ). Loe edasi »