Scientific name Gigantopithecus blacki
Home era Quaternary
Creature type Mammal
Deaths caused 0
Appearances Episode 1.8

Gigantopithecus was the largest ape that ever lived

In Primeval Adventure SeriesEdit

When Matt and Max went through the anomaly to look for Andy the mystery man, and when he took them to somewhere else, they saw some Gigantopithecus. There were some eating bamboo and young ones playing. (Episode 1.8)


Standing an enormous 3 metres (9’10”) in height, Gigantopithecus may be the largest primate ever to have walked the Earth. It fed on bamboo in the dense forests of South East Asia. Gigantopithecus had a broad, short face with a massive jaw and teeth designed for stripping bamboo shoots.

Like other big herbivores, Gigantopithecus was probably a slow mover. But it had little need for speed. Its feeding habits required it to do little more than move from place to place as it systematically stripped vegetation from its surroundings. Homo erectus may have hunted and eaten juvenile or injured Gigantopithecus, but it is unlikely they would have taken on an enormous adult. Gigantopithecus males were much larger than the females, suggesting there may have been strong competition for mates amongst males.

It is thought to be the source of the legend of both the yeti and the bigfoot,as well as King Kong which is thought to be actually a Gigantopithecus.

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