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Reindeer are members of the deer (Cervidae) family.
Unlike other Cervidae members, both male and female reindeer grow antlers.
Rangifer tarandus tarandus
is their scientific name.
Reindeer were first domesticated by people in northern Eurasia about 5,000 to 7,000 years ago.
Today reindeer live throughout the Arctic -- in Alaska, Canada, China, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.
Courtesy of Greg Finstad and
Reindeer Roundup - A K-12 Educator's Guide to Reindeer in Alaska
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