Deep in the bamboo forests of southern asia lived an incredibly large animal that feasted on bamboo and fruit.
It stood over ten feet tall and weighed in at 1200 pounds. What was this animal? a prehistoric bigfoot? Or a large bear? Very few people know about this animal that coexisted with humans for thousands of years. Read on to find out more about the gigantopithecus.DIETThe main diet of G probably consisted mainly of bamboo according to prehistoric wildlife. Scientists also believe It may have experienced malnutrition and that could be why it died off.
G was an herbivore and fruit and bamboo were probably it’s favorite foods claims livescience. Livescience also states they probably ate tough,fibrous plants. Finally, prehistoric wildlife states they had deep, robust jaws which supports the idea of tough plants. Livescience also found when running tests that Gigantopithecus ate only C3 plants and bamboo is one of the most common C3 plants.
BODYThe giant ape on his hind legs stood over 10 feet tall. Gigantopithecus also weighed up to 1200 pounds. It was the largest ape ever with the crown of a molar being an inch across livescience states. Smithsonian talks about a primate the size of a polar bear with thick dental enamel on its teeth. The teeth were riddled with cavities due to acidic fruit juice states prehistoric wildlife. Livescience found that the combination of tough and sugary plants would be bad for the apes teeth.
This would explain why the fossils of teeth were full of cavities.HABITATPrehistoric wildlife states that gigantopithecus probably lived in China, India and Vietnam. They also state that g.
Bitaspurenas roamed india and G. blacki lived in caves in southeast asia. They also lived in bamboo forests. Livescience says they moved around south east asia for nearly a million years while smithsonian states all around south asia. Smithsonian also states that they lived in a forested environment. Prehistoric wildlife claims that Gigantopithecus lived for many millions of years during the miocene and pleistocene periods. They also believe that the size difference between species may be because of climate adaptations.
Finally, they determined that large bamboo forests periodically experience major die-offs every few decades.EXTINCTIONMost sources believe that Gigantopithecus went extinct when in the pleistocene era the forests changed to savanna. When g wouldn’t eat savanna plants it died off.
However some sources say scientists are still debating over the truth. Some say that g can’t be alive because fossils have been found ,if this animal had no predators then if some died all died. Other scientists disagree they think that all the bigfoot sightings and prints are from Gigantopithecus. What do you think?CONCLUSIONIn conclusion, Gigantopithecus was an incredibly large primate. Many people think that the Gigantopithecus is not extinct and that is the cause of bigfoot footprints and sightings.
Most scientists doubt this theory but it could make sense. However, it makes more sense that it died off due to the fact that it had no food. That is why Gigantopithecus was a cool animal.