Mainstream anthropology holds the view that once upon a time there was the most gigantic ape that ever lived known as Gigantopithecus blacki. The theory holds that this creature stood an astounding 9.8 feet tall (3 m) and weighed around 1190 lbs (540 kg). This giant ape supposedly lived in China, India, and Vietnam from around 9 mya to 100 kya. Thus this giant ape is placed in the same time frame and geological location as several ancient human ancestors including archaic Homo sapiens.
The first evidence we have of Gigantopithecus comes from 1935 via anthropologist Ralph von Koenigswald who made the first “discovery” of this giant ape in an apothecary shop in China. What he discovered is that fossilized teeth and bones were often ground up into powder and used in Chinese medicine. He found a few teeth in that apothecary and somehow concluded that they must be from some giant prehistoric ape.
Since von Koenigswald’s find FEW fossil remains of Gigantopithecus have been found. Molars have been found in traditional Chinese medicine shops and Liucheng Cave in China has produced several similar teeth and several jawbones. Other sites of find believed to be from Gigantopithecus are located in Vietnam and India.
In 1955 about 47 teeth believed to be from Gigantopithecus were discovered in a shipment of dragon bones in China. These teeth were traced to their source and this led to finding more teeth. More than 1300 teeth were recovered in fact. NOT all find of Gigantopithecus in China have been dated to the same period as some appear to be later in some parts of China.
The fact is that Gigantopithecus blacki is ONLY known from fossil teeth and mandibles found in cave sites in China and Vietnam. No bones have ever been found! No full or partial skeleton has ever been found! The fossilized teeth and mandibles suggest this creature was far larger than modern apes BUT the exact size of it and the structure of its skeleton can only be estimated! I might also mention that in 2014 fossil teeth and a mandible were found in Indonesia and believed to also be from this giant ape.
One theory for the explanation of why there are NO BONES of this giant ape is that they were chewed up by porcupines as a source of calcium although there is no real evidence for this either and in my opinion this is a rather flimsy attempt to explain why we have found no bones from G. blacki. I could just as well say that the reason no Sasquatch bones have been found is because porcupines chew them up! Ridiculous in my estimation!!
In past years gone by it was once theorized that G. blacki was thought to have been closely related to the Australopithecines. This theory was based on molar (teeth) evidence. This relationship was believed to have been due to “convergent evolution” which means an independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages. This theory soon went by the wayside and Gigantopithecus is now placed in the subfamily Ponginae which also includes Orangutans.
So Gigantopithecus is an alleged giant prehistoric ape identified only from some teeth and mandibles but no skeleton and no bones! This is SLIM FOSSIL EVIDENCE even for the existence of this creature!
Since NO SKELETAL REMAINS have ever been found we do not know how this creature walked. Was it bipedal? Did it go to and fro on all fours? Did it fly? Well actually BOTH forms of locomotion have been suggested with some researchers believing it was bipedal and others believing it walked on all fours but BOTH based on ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE WHAT SO EVER!
It is believed that Gigantopithecus lived in the bamboo forests of Asia and it’s teeth and mandible remains are often found alongside those of extinct ancestors of the Panda. So did the Panda eat Gigantopithecus or was it the other way around?
We can SOMETIMES estimate the body size from teeth and mandibles which is what has been done in this case BUT those estimations are HIGHLY SUBJECT TO CHANGE and may be completely inaccurate.
Regarding Sasquatch (aka: Bigfoot) several researchers hold the view that this creature is some variety of Gigantopithecus or some hybrid mix. But, again, evidence for this theory is flimsy as is the evidence for Gigantopithecus even having existed! And that is my point in this post, which is, the evidence for Gigantopithecus is flimsy at best and is based on teeth and mandibles. Well frankly anything could be possible! These teeth and mandibles could have belonged to some GIANT ape OR they could have belonged to some normal size prehistoric ape with a big head or big mouth! Outside of teeth and mandibles there is NO EVIDENCE this alleged giant ape even existed period! And a whole host of ASSUMPTIONS have been developed around this alleged giant ape with NO EVIDENCE it even existed!
Frankly, I myself do NOT believe Gigantopithecus ever existed! I believe the teeth and mandibles are from normal size primate that may have had a bit of an over sized head. I will hold that opinion until fossilized skeletal remains of such a creature are found! Until then I consider Gigantopithecus just to be a matter of professional WISHFUL THINKING based on flimsy “evidence” at best! Gigantopithecus is one of the SACRED COWS of anthropology but it is based on FLIMSY EVIDENCE. Time for this sacred cow to be discarded!! BTW one other thought…..this supposed giant ape lived from 9 mya to around 100 kya and in that time humans passed through numerous stages of evolution. So where is the evolution in this species?
BRING ME A BODY!!!