Giant tapir

Giant tapir

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Tapirus augustus

The giant tapir is an extinct species of tapir that lived in southern China, with reports suggesting it also lived in Taiwan, Java, Vietnam, and potentially on Borneo. Evidence suggests that the species first appeared in the Early Pleistocene and possibly survived until the early Holocene. It was larger on average than modern tapirs, estimations range from 2.1 metres long and 0.9 metres tall at the shoulders to 3.5 metres long, and 1.5 metres metres tall at the shoulders. It may have weighed up to 500 kilograms . The species was also placed in its own genus of Megatapirus, however, it is now conventionally placed within Tapirus.

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References

1. Giant tapir Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_tapir

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