Megatapirus augustus Matthew & Granger, 1923

Giant tapir



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene



China to Laos


Biology & Ecology










Dong, Wei and Zhang, Yingqi. (2022). Biochronologic sequences of the Pleistocene mammalian faunas in China and correlations with numeric dating. Quaternary Sciences 42(5): 1227-1246.

Liang, Hua et al. (2022). New discovery of a late Middle Pleistocene mammalian fauna in Ganxian Cave, Southern China. Historical Biology.

van Linden, Lisa et al. (2023a). Sagittal crest morphology decoupled from relative bite performance in Pleistocene tapirs (Perissodactyla: Tapiridae). Integrative Zoology 18(2): 254-277.

van Linden, Lisa et al. (2023b). Corrigendum. Integrative Zoology 18(2): 391-395.

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).

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