Temporal range: Pleistocene
von Koenigswald, 1935
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.