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Fossils Show History's Largest Ape Failed to Adapt to Climate Change, Went Extinct

A giant ape that once roamed Asia as Nature’s closest version of a real King Kong is believed to have died out because it failed to adapt its diet to eat its greens.

The Gigantopithecus appears to have fallen victim to climate change as its favoured diet of forest fruit was wiped out by the ice age, according to new research by scientists.

With only fragmentary fossil remains as guidance to its anatomical scale, researchers believe that the largest primate in history may have towered up to 10 feet tall and weighed as much as 1,100 lbs (500 kgs).

Hadi Zaher


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