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Ancient King Kong-like ape likely stood 10 feet tall: study


Added 11-14-19 12:25:02am EST - “A fossilized tooth left behind by the largest ape that ever lived is shedding new light on the evolution of apes.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Ancient King Kong-like ape likely stood 10 feet tall: study”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A massive ape, believed to have towered 10 feet tall while tipping the scales at a gargantuan 1,300 pounds, is believed to have roamed Earth as late as 300,000 years ago.

A single fossilized tooth of the species with the imposing scientific name Gigantopithecus blacki was discovered in a Chinese cave. And the beast is believed to have been Earth’s largest.

The intriguing primate is reportedly a not-too-familiar relative of the orangutan and shared a common ancestor from around 12 million years ago.

“It would have been a distant cousin (of orangutans),” said University of Copenhagen anthropology professor Dr. Frido Welker. “In the sense that its closest living relatives are orangutans, compared to other living great apes such as gorillas or chimpanzees or us.”

The findings, reported in Nature, are based on comparing a protein sequence from the molar of the extinct ape, believed to be a female, with current primates.

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