This Old World family is found through most of Europe apart from far northern parts; North Africa and the rest of the continent south of the equator; and western and more patchily, central Asia. The single species in the Far East is the Japanese dormouse, found only, as its name suggests, on islands of Japan. The two Balearic dormice species in the Hyp-

Edible dormice (Myoxus glis) hibernating in Germany. (Photo by Animals Animals ©Robert Maier. Reproduced by permission.)

nomys genus are probably extinct, extirpated from these western Mediterranean islands by human settlers and their animals about 5,000 years ago.

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