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phylum Chordata Sheep are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals typically kept as livestock. Numbering a little over one billion, domestic sheep are also the most numerous species of sheep. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus Ovis, in everyday usage it almost always refers to Ovis aries. Sheep are most likely descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia.

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Artiodactyla
family Bovidae
genus Ovis
species O. aries