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Mylagaulidae

Horned gophers & relatives

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Family

Order

Class

Mylagaulidae

Rodentia

Mammalia

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Description

The Mylagaulids are an extinct family of burrowing rodents that lived between the Oligocene and Pliocene epoch of North America and Asia. Probably the most famous subfamily are the Horned Gophers; large rodents with a unique pair of horns on their head. They probably inhabited the open plains like modern day gophers.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Most members of the Mylagaulids lived in North America and fossils have been found in Mexico, USA and Canada. They probably crossed the Bering land bridge to colonize certain parts of Eastern Asia, during the Early Miocene.

Species

There are several species within the Mylagaulid-family, divided over three subfamilies: the Promylagaulinae, the Mesogaulinae and the Mylagaulinae.