Toxodon was a genus of large hoofed mammals, resembling
hippopotamuses (but living a primarily terrestrial life) that lived in South America
in the late Pliocene to late Pleistocene epochs between
about 2.6 million and 1,800 years ago.
Toxodon was a large powerful animal, about 9 feet (2.7 meters) long,
and 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall at the shoulders.
Toxodon was believed to have gone into decline when
North and South America became joined when the Panama isthmus
arose, and Smilodon
migrated into South America. However, the genus is believed to have only
become extinct as a result of human hunting - arrow heads are found in
many Toxodon fossils.
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