Temporal range: Late Miocene–Early Pliocene
Tapirus polkensis, the pygmy tapir, was a small prehistoric tapir that lived in North America during the Late Miocene and early Pliocene.T. polkensis may lived in swamps, where it would have been preyed on by ancestors of modern American crocodiles. It was smaller than any extant tapir, with an estimated mass of around 125 kg (280 lb).
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