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Extinct Pinckney's Capybara (Neochoerus pinckneyi) Fact Sheet: Behavior & Ecology

Extinct Pinckney's Capybara (Neochoerus pinckneyi)

How Do We Know This?

Since direct observation of a fossil animal's behavior isn't possible, paleontologists use comparison and contrast with living animals for guidance. Tracks can sometimes reveal further clues.

Social Groups

 Extinct Pleistocene capybara assumed to be gregarious, highly social, like their living relatives.


Similar skull, limbs and skeletal proportions to modern capybara suggest similar non-specialized, but competent, swimming ability.

Interspecies Interactions

Many predators - mammals, birds, and reptiles would have fed on capybara.

Page Citations

Herrera & Macdonald (1989, 1993)

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