Scientists have come to discover that the fictional King Kong is in fact real way back hundreds of years ago but the giant ape unknowingly died due to climate change.
The “real-life King Kong” called Gigantopithecus was found to have died 100,000 years ago. A report by the Agence France Press said that the reason why the giant died is because climate change killed the forest fruit that it primarily eats. They believe that the creature weighed about 1,000 pounds with the height if nine feet tall. The true-to-life King Kong was said to have lived in southern China and some areas of the southern region of Asia.
According to researcher and professor Hervé Bocherens at the University of Tubingen and also from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment (HEP), “There are very few fossil finds of Gigantopithecus – only a few large teeth and bones from the lower mandible are known.”
Luckily, “we are able to shed a little light on the obscure history of this primate.”
The researchers gave further details on the actual number of remains from the giant, which includes only four partial lower jaws parts and some teeth. They are still uncertain of definite size and body type of the King Kong, and further making research to determine its characteristics and physical properties.
But the findings from the tooth sample help them conclude that the giant age was in fact a vegetarian that lived in a semi-tropical environment and never ate bamboo, as reported by AFP.
They estimate that the giant thrived to live with the harsh conditions of the environment during the Pleistocene Epoch which probably started 2.6 million years ago.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Bocherens told then that, “Relatives of the giant ape, such as the recent orangutan, have been able to survive despite their specialisation on a certain habitat… However, orangutans have a slow metabolism and are able to survive on limited food.”
And they believe that its giant size made it depended on a larger amount of food to eat.
It was during the Pleistocene era that more forested areas turned into savanna landscapes because of climate change. The scientists believed that there was “insufficient food supply for the giant ape” making it suffer a horrible death.
Source: University Herald