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Order PERISSODACTYLA . . . . Infraorder TAPIROMORPHA Superfamily TAPIROIDEA Family TAPIRIDAE . Tapirus veroensis This is the most common Pleistocene tapir. It was about the size of the living Neotropical Tapir. Pleistocene tapirs are more common finds in Florida than elsewhere. The canines are much less common to find than cheek teeth. The teeth in this image are in unworn to slightly-worn condition. (This image is best viewed by clicking on the button on the upper right of this page => "other sizes" => "large".)
© Harry Pristis 2014
Sometimes when a fossil is found one side is exposed while there is still more buried beneath the sand, gravel, or clay. This can create very contrasting colors like those seen on this tapir mandible. The left jaw was exposed to the dark tannic water, while the right jaw was still buried in the blue clay. This specimen was found in North Florida.