Gigantopithecus blacki Cast Replica Skull Reconstruction #BC-140 | Darwin and Wallace: A Nature & Fossil Store
Gigantopithecus blacki Cast Replica Skull Reconstruction #BC-140

Gigantopithecus blacki Cast Replica Skull Reconstruction #BC-140

-Size: 12”L x 12”W x 15”H

-Species: Gigantopithecus blacki

-Notes: Gigantopithecus blacki is a giant, orangutan-like primate that existed in southern China half a million to a million years ago. Gigantopithecus is estimated to have been about ten feet tall and weighed about 1,200 pounds. Too large to be arboreal, Gigantopithecus was a ground-dwelling ape that most likely walked on its knuckles or fists.

The teeth of the Gigantopithecus indicate a plant-based diet, almost certainly consisting of bamboo. The cause of the animal's extinction is unclear, though speculations on the subject cite a depletion of food source as most probable. Bamboo tends to cycle through sudden die-offs, and Gigantopithecus would have been competing for this limited food source with giant pandas and the newly evolved Homo erectus. American physical anthropologist Dr. Grover Krantz reconstructed a skull based on a fossilized jawbone and teeth. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).

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