Temporal range: Early Miocene–Middle Miocene
Blastomeryx is an extinct genus of musk deer of the family Moschidae, subfamily Blastomerycinae, endemic to North America during the Miocene epoch (20.43—10.3 mya), existing for approximately . There is only one species, Blastomeryx gemmifer.
Size and appearance
It was 75 cm (2 ft 6 in) long and looked like a modern chevrotain. Its canines were elongated into tusks which it probably used to uproot plants and fend off predators. While Blastomeryx (as well as modern musk deer) lacked antlers, a Middle Miocene species had bony knobs on its skull, which have been interpreted as incipient horns.
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