The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Megatapirus augustus Matthew & Granger, 1923

Giant tapir



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: Holocene



China to Laos


Biology & Ecology










Louys J., Curnoe D., Tong H. 2007 Characteristics of Pleistocene megafauna extinctions in Southeast Asia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 243(1-2), 152-173.

Raia P., Carotenuto F., Meiri S. 2010 One size does not fit all: no evidence for an optimal body size on islands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19(4), 475-484.

Tong, H. and Liu, J. (2004). The Pleistocene–Holocene extinctions of mammals in China. In: Dong, W. (Ed.), Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Symposium of the Chinese Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. China Ocean Press, Beijing, pp. 111–119 (In Chinese with English abstract).

Turvey, Samuel T. et al. (2013). Holocene survival of Late Pleistocene megafauna in China: a critical review of the evidence. Quaternary Science Reviews 76: 156-166. [Abstract]


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