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The aptly named Gigantopithecus that may have stood up to 3 m tall really was gigantic @uni_copenhagen  @E_Cappellini 

Gigantopithecus might have been 3m tall and 600kg, but left behind minimal remains, but a new technique has allowed us to understand how it's related to other apes

Western scientists first learned about extinct giant ape species Gigantopithecus blacki in 1935 when an anthropologist came across some of its massive molars in Chinese drug stores selling them as dragon teeth.

Standing up to 3 m tall, weighing up to 600 kg, it’s not quite King Kong, but Gigantopithecus was enormous. @uni_copenhagen  @E_Cappellini 

“It was possible for us to define the living organism that is closest to Gigantopithecus. This organism is the orangutan.” @uni_copenhagen  @E_Cappellini 

Researchers have analyzed the oldest mammalian proteome yet. Analyzing the enamel proteome of a Gigantopithecus blacki molar found in Chuifeng Cave in south China, a site dating to approximately 1.9 million years ago. Via @nature :

“This new [protein] analysis provides the first compelling evidence that Gigantopithecus was more closely related to the orangutan than to any other ape.”

Gigantopithecus blacki has stimulated debate over its evolutionary links for decades.

Western scientists first learned about extinct giant ape species Gigantopithecus blacki in 1935 when an anthropologist came across some of its massive molars in Chinese drug stores selling them as dragon teeth.

Using proteins in dental enamel, researchers report they've finally found how the Gigantopithecus fits into the great ape puzzle, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

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Huge mysterious ape Gigantopithecus was a distant cousin of orangutans

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A Nature paper reports an analysis of dental enamel from an extinct giant ape species, Gigantopithecus blacki, which may aid our understanding of great ape evolution and diversification.

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Proteins from a 1.9 million-year-old molar show that the 10-foot-tall ‘Gigantopithecus’ is a distant relative to modern orangutans.

Huge mysterious ape Gigantopithecus was a distant cousin of orangutans

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Gigantopithecus: The story of the greatest of the great apes

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Gigantopithecus would tower over all other great apes (including the legendary ones)

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