White-Tailed Deer By: jimena vargas

Introduction

  • Organism: (common name) White-Tailed Deer// (scientific name) Odocoileus virginianus.
  • Description: The white-tailed deer is tan or brown in the summer and grayish brown in winter. It has white on its throat, around its eyes and nose, on its stomach and on the underside of its tail.
  • Classification: Kingdom- Animalia, PhylumChordata, Class- Mammalia, Order- Atrodactyla, Family- Ceruidae, Genus- Odocoileinae, Species- Odocoileus Virgianues.
  • Habitat Description: The White-Tailed Deer live in wooded areas in which they live with predators such as Gray Wolves, Mountain lions, Bob Cats, and Coyotes that will sometimes eat the young to help the population be under control.
  • Geological Time: 4 million years ago the first deer migrated and evolved.
Morphological and Molecular Evidence: Closest Relatives- Mule Deer, Elks, and Caribou. Explanation of Similarities and Percentages: Antlers, Large ears, same size (about 80 or 100 pounds), 4 chambers in its stomach to digest food, shaggy necks. They are similar by 80%. Molecular Evidence shows that the white tailed deer has not evolved since its start on Earth 3.5 million years ago.

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