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In South America, animals often take on different proportions than their northern cousins. Rodents called capybaras, are as big as dogs. The Brazilian tapir, a member of the horse and rhino families, stands only three feet tall. Tortoises from the Galápagos Islands are as large as coffee tables. Pampas deer are the size of sheep.

Though the big seem little and the little big to those of us who live north of the equator, these South American animals from Brazil, Argentina, and the Galápagos Islands are perfectly well-suited for their own habitats. In the South America hall, learn how body size relates to each species' environment.

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