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Gigantopithecus blacki UPSC NOTE

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  • The extinction of the largest known primate, a giant ape from China, resulted from its struggle to adapt to environmental changes.

  • These findings fill a key gap in our understanding of why this species failed to survive where other, similar primates persisted.

  • Gigantopithecus blackiwas a species of great ape found in China between 2 million and 330 thousand years ago.

  • With an estimated height of 3 m and weight of 200–300 kg, it is thought to be the largest primate to ever exist on Earth. 

  • The Gigantopithecus blacki is a single species of the extinct large ape, also known as Gigantopithecus. 

  • This species roamed the southern regions of China between 2 million and 350,000 years ago.

  • It is the sole member of the genus Gigantopithecus.

  • With its robust teeth designed for masticating and grinding leaves and other plants, G. blacki was perfectly adapted for life in forest habitats

  • This is one of the reasons why it was primarily a herbivore.

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