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Temporal range: Chattian–Recent
Restoration of Micromeryx, a typical moschid
Siberian Musk Deer.jpg
Moschus moschiferus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Infraorder: Pecora
Family: Moschidae
J. E. Gray, 1821

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Moschidae is a family of pecoran even-toed ungulates, characterized by long 'saber teeth' instead of horns, antlers or ossicones, modest size (Moschus only reaches 37 lb (17 kg); other taxa were even smaller) and a lack of facial glands.[1] The fossil record of the family extends back to the late Oligocene, around 28 million years ago. The group was abundant across Eurasia and North America during the Miocene, but afterwards declined to only the extant genus Moschus by the early Pleistocene.


After Prothero (2007)[2]

Family Moschidae


  1. ^ University of Michigan Museum of Zoology - Animal Diversity Web - Moschus (musk deer) Classification
  2. ^ Prothero, 2007 (p. 221-226)
  3. ^ Aiglstorfer, Manuela; Costeur, Loïc; Mennecart, Bastien; Heizmann, Elmar P. J. (16 October 2017). "Micromeryx? eiseleiA new moschid species from Steinheim am Albuch, Germany, and the first comprehensive description of moschid cranial material from the Miocene of Central Europe". PLOS ONE. 12 (10): e0185679. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0185679. PMC 5642927. PMID 29036194.