Temporal range: Early Pliocene to Recent in Africa[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Anomaluromorpha
Family: Pedetidae

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Pedetidae is a family of rodents. Commonly known to being the family in which the Springhares belong to, the family has four confirmed genera; however, three of the four genera are now extinct - with Pedetes being the only genus with live members.


The family includes one living and three extinct genera. The Asian fossil Diatomys was previously included,[2] but is now classified in the family Diatomyidae with the Laotian rock rat.


  1. ^ McKenna, M.C. and Bell, S.K. 1997. Classification of Mammals: Above the species level. New York: Columbia University Press, 631 pp. ISBN 978-0-231-11013-6 (p. 185)
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  3. ^ a b M. Pickford and P. Mein (2011). "New Pedetidae (Rodentia: Mammalia) from the Mio-Pliocene of Africa". Estudios Geológicos. 67 (2): 455–469. doi:10.3989/egeol.40714.202. 
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