Deer, ruminant mammal of the family Cervidae,
found in most parts of the world except
Australia. Antlers, solid bony outgrowths of
the skull, develop in the males of most species
and are shed and renewed annually. They are
at first covered by "velvet," a soft, hairy skin
permeated by blood vessels. The stem of the
antler is called the beam, and the branches
are the tines. Antlers are used as weapons
during breeding-season combats between
bucks. In deer that lack antlers (the musk
deer and Chinese river deer), long upper
canines serve as weapons. Deer are
polygamous. They eat a variety of herba-
ceous plants, lichens, mosses, and tree leaves
and bark.

The white-tailed deer that live in woodlands throughout the United States and in Central America and N South America was a source of food, buckskin, and other necessities for Native Americans and white settlers.  Slaughter through the years nearly exterminated the whitetail, but it is now restored in large numbers in the E United States and to a lesser extent in the West. In summer its upper parts are reddish brown, in winter grayish. The mule deer exists in reduced numbers from the Plains region westward, and the closely related black-tailed deer is a Pacific coast form.

Old World deer include the red deer, closely related to the North American wapiti, the fallow deer, and the axis deer. The only deer in Africa are small numbers of red deer found in the north in a forested area. The barking deer, or muntjac, is a small deer of S Asia. A muntjac discovered in N Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 1997 is believed to be the smallest deer in the world. Called the leaf deer, Muntiacus putaoensis, it stands about 20 in. (45 cm) at the shoulder. The misleadingly named mouse deer, or chevrotain, is not a deer, but belongs to a related family (Tragulidae). Many species of deer are threatened with extinction. Deer are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Cervidae.
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