What would seem to militate against such an explanation is the nature of the tapir.
The tapir, then, in point of size takes precedence in the South-American fauna.
Mr. Bates remarks that the tapir, though often kept tame in Amazonia by the Indians, never breeds.
It now only remained to get the tapir into it, but therein lay the difficulty.
L'Encuerado having positively refused to touch the tapir, Sumichrast undertook to cut it up, as we much wished to taste its flesh.
He has reached the spot where Halberger turned in along the tapir path.
An' if you don't let me alone I'll save up my pottet-money an' buy a tapir.
And the white bones of the tapir lay in a huddled mass in the open.
Palaeosyops is somewhat like a tapir in build, the skull especially resembling that of the tapir.
The elephant, rhinoceros, tapir, and the man-like orang-outang are all indigenous.
1774, perhaps from French tapir (1580), ultimately from Tupi (Brazil) tapira.