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Temporal range: Oligocene to present
Mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Sciuromorpha
Family: Aplodontiidae
Brandt, 1855

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The family Aplodontiidae also known as Aplodontidae, Haplodontiidae or Haploodontini is traditionally classified as the sole extant family of the suborder Protrogomorpha. It may be the sister family of the Sciuridae.[1] There are fossils from the Oligocene until Miocene in Asia, from Oligocene in Europe and from the Oligocene until the present in North America, where there is the only living species: the mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa).[2]


It includes the following genera:


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  4. ^ Korth, William W. (2009). "Mammals from the Blue Ash local fauna (late Oligocene), South Dakota. Rodentia, Part 4: Family Aplodontidae". Paludicola. 7 (3): 89–106.
  5. ^ A. R. Tedrow and W. W. Korth. 1997. Paludicola 1(2):80-90.
  6. ^ Bi, Shundong, Jin Meng, Sarah McLean, Wenyu Wu, Xijun Ni & Jie Ye. 2013. A New Genus of Aplodontid Rodent (Mammalia, Rodentia) from the Late Oligocene of Northern Junggar Basin, China. Public Library of Science, ONE 8(1): e52625.