Gigantopithecus: The Real King Kong Extincted By Climate Change


Gigantopithecus or popularly known “King Kong” is the biggest ape specie that lived on this planet around a million years ago. All we know about a King Kong is its brutality, love for beauty or the climbing (on the buildings) ability. The way it was all filmed in the movies “King Kong”.

But when talk of facts we know very little about Gigantopithecus or King Kong. Scientists never found any intact fossils of the biggest ape. Just four partial lower jaws and few teethes to research about its diet, size and reason of extinction etc.

The Real World Image | GigantopithecusWhat We Know About Gigantopithecus?

Gigantopithecus was actually Asian Ape. It inhibited and roamed in the semi-tropical forests of southern China and Southeast Asia. The remains of the extincted ape specie do not suggest whether it was a bipedal or quadrupedal with what body proportions.

The ancient primate specie was from 6 to 10 feet in height and weighed around 500 kg. Such gigantic creature must have needed a large amount of food to survive. And the gradually changing climate would have made it hard for the primate animal to adapt.

Many Scientists thought a King Kong to be a flesh eater. But the newly carried research suggests the Gigantopithecus to be a strict vegetarian and a lover of fruits. Some theories claimed the biggest ape to be a bamboo lover but the latest research declines this theory too.

The prominent climate changes 100,000 years ago caused the extinction of Gigantopithecus. As the climate turned the lush green forests into Savannah and the ape specie was unable to adapt in that atmospheric condition. It was hard for a King Kong to survive on eating just the grass available in the surroundings. And with such a heavy body of around 440 to 1,102 lbs, it was impossible for the ape to scale trees like its descendants do now. And finally it led to the extinction of this ancient primate specie.