A very large fossil Asian ape of the Upper Miocene to Lower Pleistocene epochs.
- Genus Gigantopithecus, family Pongidae
- A German paleontologist discovered Gigantopithecus in 1935 when he picked up a strange, heavy tooth in a Chinese apothecary.
- Its size and ape affiliation suggest Gigantopithecus was a ground-dwelling, fist-walking creature.
- Creatures the size of Gigantopithecus would need a source which existed in abundance.
Modern Latin, from Greek gigas, gigant- (see giant) + pithēkos 'ape'.
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