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tapir

an odd-toed ungulate in the family Tapiridae, with four digits on the forelimbs and three on each of the hindlimbs. It has a short mobile trunk and simple, lophodont molars. It resembles a very large pig, has short woolly, dark brown fur, is 3 ft high and 6 ft long, nocturnal, shy and herbivorous. Called also Tapir spp.
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Marine mammal examples include bones from the genera Phoca and Odobenus, as well as various cetaceans; while terrestrial mammal examples include bones from the genera Mammut, Mammuthus, Rangifer, Tapirus, Cervalces (= Alces), Symbos, Bison, and Megalonyx (e.
The presence of jaws of Equus, Bison, Tapirus and Camelops and a mammoth skull and associated partial skeleton suggests that some, if not most, of the Pleistocene specimens were not transported very far.
It shows no significant difference in size or morphology from a Tapirus M3/ (ROM 31075) collected from the Florida Pleistocene.