Deers, generally all the members of the family Cervus. As thus denned, deer are artiodac-tyle ungulates (‘even-toed hoofed animals’), distinguished by the fact that, with very few exceptions, the head—in at least the male sex—bears branched deciduous antlers, which are shed and renewed each year. Further points of distinction from the members of the family Bovidse (cattle) lie in the teeth. In addition to the two central toes (digits three and four), on which the weight of the body is supported, deer almost always possess lateral toes, whose bony axis is more complete than in sheep and cattle. Early deer had very simple antlers, like those borne by a stag of the first year. But the development of antlers reached its maximum before the present period.
Continent antlers ascribed to near allies of tne existing red deer have been found exceeding in size those of living forms.
Common Species of Deer:
1. Red Deer
3. Fallow Deer
5. Musk Deer