Tapirs of the Gray Fossil Site...Wait, what's a tapir?

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Miocene Exhibits at ETMNH

Tapirs are by far the most frequently encountered animal found at the Gray Fossil Site. They account for over 90% of the larger animal remains found with over 100 individuals of all ages. Gray is, in fact, the most prolific fossil tapir site in the world. Despite this claim to fame, a surprising number of those who visit our museum have never heard of a tapir. This post will therefore serve as an introduction to these fascinating animals.