What Happened to the World's Greatest Ape?

  • Published: 12 December 2017
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    Probably twice the size of a modern gorilla, Gigantopithecus is the greatest great-ape that ever was. And for us fellow primates, there are some lessons to be learned in how it lived, and why it disappeared.

    Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: cepnet.mobi/user/pbsdigitalstudios

    Thanks to Julio Lacerda at 252MYA.com and Carlos Eulefi for both of their wonderful reconstructions of Gigantopithecus.

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Comments • 2 443

  • Petter
    Petter  1 hours back

    I read on the internet that the largest primate to ever exist is a human. An American man with more BMI than IQ, weighing in over 700kg.

    • AqWha Water
      AqWha Water  5 hours back

      damn! were strong as hell back then. now were wimps.

      • Dany Varna
        Dany Varna  2 days back

        This is insulting! Oversimplifications, sensationalism, making authoritative statements rather then acting like adults and presenting the complexity of academic debates, and so on. This is entertainment for low to mid range IQ children. Also, can you put someone knowledgeable to present it rather then the currently mandatory bimbo/ LGBTQP/ minority?

        • Omex
          Omex  2 days back

          He evolved into Bob Ross

          • LOWDOTGG
            LOWDOTGG  3 days back

            5:12 when He opened his mouth I felt that

            • Deku Deku
              Deku Deku  4 days back

              Fun fact: king Louie from the jungle book was an giganto...whatever

              • Bryan Resurreccion
                Bryan Resurreccion  4 days back

                ARK PLAYERS

                • Deku Deku
                  Deku Deku  4 days back

                  Gigentophitecus: im the tallest primate of all..

                  Robert wardlow: Hold my beer..

                  • Ray Cope
                    Ray Cope  6 days back

                    Very interesting and beautifully presented.
                    Thanks for all of your efforts to beguile and entertain us.
                    I wish you rainbows.

                    • Leozin FF
                      Leozin FF  1 weeks back

                      Canal você sabia

                      • Poop Eater
                        Poop Eater  1 weeks back

                        Dang how the heck did these humans find out just by a 2 million year old tooth where they lived😯

                      • Alysson Augusto
                        Alysson Augusto  1 weeks back

                        I like the way this type of video serves to alert us about climate change and human imperialism in nature.

                        • Joshy Boy
                          Joshy Boy  1 weeks back

                          Gingantopithecus would be the largest and strongest of all apes if their species hadn't gone extinct but cos they're extinct it's the gorrillas that are the largest and strongest of all apes

                          • submarine Nilsen
                            submarine Nilsen  2 weeks back

                            Mabye it got too stinky

                            • Daniël Schoemaker
                              Daniël Schoemaker  2 weeks back

                              2:48 South-East Asian Gigantopithecus in a European woodland. Nice

                              • Jo Ralte
                                Jo Ralte  2 weeks back

                                So, why is it always chasing the poor tiger?

                                • Guilherme Zorawski
                                  Guilherme Zorawski  2 weeks back

                                  Scientists have found this species formed a symbiotic relashionship with giant centipedes who lived inside it's body.... Also that It could wield swords after being killed

                                  • Master Roshi
                                    Master Roshi  2 weeks back

                                    This thing could literally tear through your house with ease

                                    • Gangster Crip
                                      Gangster Crip  2 weeks back

                                      Probably because there was no females and they couldnt breed lol

                                      • Mr Mister
                                        Mr Mister  3 weeks back

                                        Well humans long ago were even bigger than the gigantopithacus

                                        • Kizz Jus
                                          Kizz Jus  3 weeks back

                                          I'm here for the beautiful lady not the ape 😂😆

                                          • Aaron J
                                            Aaron J  3 weeks back

                                            and this is why i dont go roaming around in forests with all that camping stuff. Cuz when a Giganto ApE starts chasing you down and screamin at you, yall gon really find out what it's teeth were used for...

                                            • n?a
                                              n?a  3 weeks back

                                              With all the guessing by the scientist its probably not real.

                                              • Angus
                                                Angus  3 weeks back

                                                He was the king of the swingers, not a ground dweller

                                                • super sublimnails
                                                  super sublimnails  3 weeks back

                                                  No that's a oragantan

                                                  • SlasherFilms01
                                                    SlasherFilms01  3 weeks back

                                                    All the cool animals are extinct 😔

                                                    • Tyrone Blanco
                                                      Tyrone Blanco  3 weeks back

                                                      ice age brought me here

                                                      • Harry Beck
                                                        Harry Beck  3 weeks back

                                                        Quick quiz for you guys!! What Disney film has a song that mentions the Gigantopithecus?

                                                        • The Jimmy Swaggart Show

                                                          Last I checked we were the greatest ape. So...?

                                                          • Hector Betancourt
                                                            Hector Betancourt  3 weeks back

                                                            Get this through your thick heads: no species is meant to exist forever, including us.

                                                            • danyl barbour
                                                              danyl barbour  3 weeks back

                                                              i dont think its exstinkt i think we call them big foot

                                                              • Caleb Sandy
                                                                Caleb Sandy  4 weeks back

                                                                King Lousi is a Gigantopiticus

                                                                • Shyanne TheGreat
                                                                  Shyanne TheGreat  4 weeks back

                                                                  Scientists discovered ALL OF THIS through a TOOTH!! amazing ^_^!

                                                                  • Braun30
                                                                    Braun30  3 weeks back

                                                                    Actually also with a full mandible.

                                                                • Aaron
                                                                  Aaron  4 weeks back


                                                                  • Peter Amarillo
                                                                    Peter Amarillo  4 weeks back

                                                                    Why does she dress like that?

                                                                    • Stef Gelderblom
                                                                      Stef Gelderblom  4 weeks back

                                                                      Damn if you lose you're thoot they know everything about you

                                                                      • jhenald ramos
                                                                        jhenald ramos  4 weeks back

                                                                        She's cute.. I love the way she talk. Im inlove.. ;)

                                                                        • Djabrail NTP
                                                                          Djabrail NTP  4 weeks back

                                                                          Wow amazing, hard to believe. Is it possible to make a video on how they find out what was 2 million years ago. I have hard time imaging 10k years ago.

                                                                          • Jeff Calvin
                                                                            Jeff Calvin  4 weeks back

                                                                            sabi nila sa nawasa

                                                                            • J Chr G
                                                                              J Chr G  4 weeks back


                                                                              • Arias Johnson
                                                                                Arias Johnson  4 weeks back

                                                                                They didnt die out they evoled into bigfoot

                                                                                • Be Th
                                                                                  Be Th  1 months back

                                                                                  A video on how we domesticated dogs/wolves???!!!

                                                                                  • Ashraf Hafiz
                                                                                    Ashraf Hafiz  1 months back

                                                                                    orang utan only have 2 species sumatran and bornean

                                                                                    • em
                                                                                      em  1 months back

                                                                                      Uh oh stinky

                                                                                      • Theo Suharto
                                                                                        Theo Suharto  1 months back

                                                                                        Orang Utan. Not "ewrewng ewtewn"

                                                                                        • paul orta
                                                                                          paul orta  1 months back

                                                                                          I got a gigantopithicas for that female ! She so fine !

                                                                                          • JammyMonkey
                                                                                            JammyMonkey  1 months back

                                                                                            this fact that humans are so smart that we have gotten to the point of being able to know what lived before us is mind boggling

                                                                                            • sahil jain
                                                                                              sahil jain  16 hours back

                                                                                              You know what's more mind boggling, we are the only being who can think about what we are thinking from 3rd person prospective. We can also imagine are own self in current state from 3rd person prospective.

                                                                                            • jdtrickster4
                                                                                              jdtrickster4  4 days back

                                                                                              You can thank our highly evolved brain. Praise Evolution! (rofl)

                                                                                            • JammyMonkey
                                                                                              JammyMonkey  3 weeks back

                                                                                              ChrisW very true

                                                                                            • ChrisW
                                                                                              ChrisW  3 weeks back

                                                                                              JammyMonkey and the intellectual capacity to make dank memes

                                                                                          • Darcy Jones
                                                                                            Darcy Jones  1 months back

                                                                                            As science teachers in English speaking countries and Scandinavia we are to cease teaching science. Zero tolerance to sexism. Sexism is not natural but evil. We ceased teaching the “scientific method “ over ten years ago.
                                                                                            Last year all our science books were removed from classes. We are forced to teach from online pc sources, curriculum being developed by neither teachers nor scientist. We are to emphasize “feelings INSTEAD of reason.
                                                                                            Feminism is the greatest threat to our extinction.

                                                                                            As female scientists like me why don’t you speak out against the!