Animalia > Chordata > Mammalia > Artiodactyla > Cervidae > Cervavitus


Synonyms: Cervoceros; Cervocerus; Damacerus; Metadicrocerus; Procervus

Wikipedia Abstract

Cervavitus is a genus of prehistoric deer that lived throughout the late Miocene (Vallesian age) to the Early Pleistocene (Villafranchian age) in parts of Western and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China. It is characterized by having thorny antlers finished in two or three points, brachyodont teeth, molars with a primitive fold (known as the "Palaeomeryx's fold") and complete lateral metacarpals on their feet, which would serve to move through slope areas. Due to its particular position in the systematics and phylogeny of deer, is considered to form part of the first branches of cervids more advanced than the muntiacines, and perhaps is closely related to the branch that would give rise to the modern genus Cervus, although it has traditionally been classified as part of a separate subfa
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External References

Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0