A mammal of the cattle family (Bovidae).
- The Northern immigrants to South America included the rodents, Carnivora (bears, cats, dogs, etc.), llamas and horses, bovids (particularly deer), and the tapirs and elephants.
- After hippos, bovids are the most abundant group of mammalian fossils.
- Like bovids and cervids, they have a full set of lower incisors, but the uppers are replaced by a horny pad.
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Bovidae, from bos, bov- 'ox'.
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