Ancient Proteins Tell Story Of Gigantopithecus, Largest-Ever Primate

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Artist’s rendering of how large Gigantopithecus blacki may have been. In life, G. blacki would have spent most of its time on all fours. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

There’s nothing small about Gigantopithecus blacki. The massive extinct animal likely rivaled a modern polar bear in size, weighing more than 1,000 pounds and standing nearly ten feet tall on its back legs.

The mystery around G. blacki is also super-sized. This largest of primates is known only from plentiful teeth and a fe

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