Of Deer, Elk and Moose Antlers

It's possible the showy antlers of male deer, elk and moose have played a more subtle role in species evolution and survival than first appears.

deer, elk and moose - walking wapati and wapati at rest
The wapiti, our modern elk, sports dramatic antlers, though less massive than those of the moose.
ROGER AND DONNA AITKENHEAD/ANIMALS ANIMALS