What Happened to the World's Greatest Ape?

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  • Published on:  Monday, December 11, 2017
  • Viewers like you help make PBS (Thank you 😃) . Support your local PBS Member Station here: https://to.pbs.org/DonateEONSProbably twice the size of a modern gorilla, Gigantopithecus is the greatest great-ape that ever was. And for us fellow primates, there are some lessons to be learned in how it lived, and why it disappeared.Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: http://youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudiosThanks to Julio Lacerda at 252MYA.com and Carlos Eulefi for both of their wonderful reconstructions of Gigantopithecus.Want to follow Eons elsewhere on the internet?Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eonsshowTwitter - https://twitter.com/eonsshowInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/eonsshow/References:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/...https://phys.org/news/2016-01-giant-a...http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/...https://phys.org/news/2012-02-fossil-...https://link.springer.com/content/pdf...http://www.pnas.org/content/87/20/812...http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-ma...http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/...http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10...http://www.midway.k-state.edu/livesto...https://www.livescience.com/53313-big...https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Climat...


  • Constantinople, 1054
    Constantinople, 1054  a years ago +3008

    Maybe it just had a huge mouth and it was like 1 foot tall lol

  • Alfredo Martinez
    Alfredo Martinez  a years ago +1907

    "what does a 500-kg primate eat?" anything it wants...

  • brian morris
    brian morris  a years ago +846

    It ate really huge bananas.duh.

  • sparrow Scratch
    sparrow Scratch  2 months ago +276

    Could Gigantopithecus take on a tiger?
    Gigantopithecus: I “SHER-KHAN”!

  • sloop
    sloop  a years ago +709

    So.. "Planting C4", and "C4 Plants" are two completely different things..
    Learned something new today.

    EINAR VOLSUNG  3 months ago +432

    I think you made up a giant ape to hide the fact that those were actually dragon teeth. Why else would Chinese kung fu masters grind the teeth into magic power powder potions.

  • sloop
    sloop  9 months ago +114

    It went extinct because it was eating C4, obviously.

  • John Doe
    John Doe  1 months ago +120

    It was elected president of these United States "And believe me folks, it was the greatest ape, so great."

  • Pipe2DevNull
    Pipe2DevNull  a years ago +2645

    Q. What does a 500 kg primate eat? ... A. Anything it wants to.

  • kelly minid2
    kelly minid2  10 months ago +121

    So if some survived, they could be what we call Yeti, and/or Bigfoot. Maybe instead of looking for footprints, we should look for teeth.

  • wrongway1100
    wrongway1100  a years ago +554

    What does a 500kg primate eat?
    What ever the hell it wants to.
    But mostly I see them at the IHOP or Walmart in the cookie section. They seem to always break the auto carts.

  • Peters Zeug
    Peters Zeug  3 days ago +8

    it makes me angry how many fossils were probably lost to chinese medicine.

  • Hubblebub Lumbubwub
    Hubblebub Lumbubwub  2 months ago +44

    I just learned about them and I already miss them.

  • Fool Slayer
    Fool Slayer  3 months ago +25

    You know, when I went to the zoo, I noticed that gibbons, who are similar orangutans in lifestyle and physique, walk around on their hindquarters with their arms raised over their heads, which I found hilarious. Now the image of a giant orangutan with its arms dangling over its head is just terrifying.

  • Johnny Thunder
    Johnny Thunder  8 months ago +84

    Oh, how magnificus it would be...

  • Sherrig Ofdenmark
    Sherrig Ofdenmark  5 months ago +125

    What happened to the world’s greatest ape?
    Nothing, Humans are still alive.

  • Whitney Douglas
    Whitney Douglas  7 months ago +30

    I love the silly idea that Bigfoot is actually Gigantopithecus.

  • Rex_ Rhett
    Rex_ Rhett  4 months ago +38

    Big foot has now been confirmed.

  • Dawn Reaper
    Dawn Reaper  2 months ago +17

    Giga ape = bigfoot : IT LIVESSS

  • Nawaz Ayube
    Nawaz Ayube  a years ago +71

    I wish if they could clone it back