Gigantopithecus

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Gigantopithecus
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Ponginae
Genus: Gigantopithecus
von Koenigswald, 1935
Species

Gigantopithecus blacki
Gigantopithecus bilaspurensisGigantopithecus giganteus

Gigantopithecus was the largest primate that during from the Pleistocene Era (1.8 million to 10,000 years ago) large mammals ruled the Earth. Gigantopithecus is known to have lived in what is now China and Southeast Asia. He would have risen 9 to 10 feet high if he choose to stand up on only his hind legs, and probably weighed about 600 lbs. In comparison, the largest gorilla stands only 6 feet tall and weighs about 300 to 400 lbs.