Extinct giant gorilla

Extinct giant gorilla

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Credit: CHRISTIAN DARKIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Extinct giant gorilla (Gigantopithecus sp.). Artist's impression of the extinct giant gorilla Gigantopithecus facing the silhouette of a modern-day human and mountain gorilla. Gigantopithecus lived between 6 million and 100,000 years ago and is the largest primate that ever existed. Fossil evidence is restricted to teeth and jaw fragments, but show that it had a mainly bamboo diet. Gigantopithecus would stand 3 metres tall if upright and weigh up to 500 kilograms, 3 times larger than modern-day gorillas (Gorilla gorilla).

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