Protovis himalayensis

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Protovis himalayensis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Caprinae
Genus: Protovis
Species: P. himalayensis
Binomial name
Protovis himalayensis
Wang, Li & Takeuchi, 2016

Protovis himalayensis is a prehistoric species of sheep found in latest Miocene to Late Pliocene-aged[1] strata of Himalayan Tibet in 2016.[2]

Protovis was found only by some fragments such as its horns. Its discovery showed that modern mountain sheep first evolved from the genus Protovis.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Wang, Xiaoming, Qiang Li, and Gary T. Takeuchi. "Out of Tibet: an early sheep from the Pliocene of Tibet, Protovis himalayensis, genus and species nov.(Bovidae, Caprini), and origin of Ice Age mountain sheep." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36.5 (2016): e1169190.
  2. ^ "New species from the Pliocene of Tibet reveals origin of ice age mountain sheep". Science Daily. May 11, 2016.