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Vampire Deer: Muntjac

[part 3 of series]

The third original Wildlife Wednesdays series explores the topic of Vampire Deer! Who and what are these fanged beings and should we prepare the garlic? To find out more about vampire deer in general, check out the first post in the series!

Muntjacs are of great interest to evolutionary biologists because of the great variation in number of chromosomes between muntjac species. For example, the Indian muntjac has the lowest number of recorded chromosomes, 7 in males and 6 in females.

They are also thought to be the oldest deer speices. The first muntjacs are thought to have appeared 15-35 million years ago. There are 12 extant species of muntjac.

The four species often referred to as vampire deer are:


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