What Happened to the World's Greatest Ape?

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  • 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: office-2016.info/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 • 2 462

  • Aoife Clancy
    Aoife Clancy  2 hours back

    Jungle book?

    • Burning Ambition
      Burning Ambition  10 hours back

      You think big foot could be found In a similar habitat?

      • R N Jesus
        R N Jesus  13 hours back

        I’m right here, baby.

        • Shimron Netia
          Shimron Netia  2 days back

          the narrator is beautiful

          • Candy Jones
            Candy Jones  2 days back

            Boring video.

          • LyricVideos YT
            LyricVideos YT  2 days back

            Hey look it's King Louie!

            • Aidan Fitzgerald
              Aidan Fitzgerald  2 days back

              Thank you for using this channel to warn us about the challenges facing endangered species.

              • John McCurdy
                John McCurdy  3 days back

                My favorite way to eat carrots are in rich, hearty stews.

                • Pepper
                  Pepper  3 days back

                  nice video PBS

                  • Deus Vult
                    Deus Vult  4 days back

                    ARK: Survival Evolved gang rise up

                    • Petter
                      Petter  4 days 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  4 days back

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

                        • Dany Varna
                          Dany Varna  6 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  7 days back

                            He evolved into Bob Ross

                          • LOWDOTGG
                            LOWDOTGG  1 weeks back

                            5:12 when He opened his mouth I felt that

                            • Deku Deku
                              Deku Deku  1 weeks back

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

                              • Bryan Resurreccion
                                Bryan Resurreccion  1 weeks back

                                ARK PLAYERS

                                • Deku Deku
                                  Deku Deku  1 weeks back

                                  Gigentophitecus: im the tallest primate of all..


                                  Robert wardlow: Hold my beer..

                                  • Ray Cope
                                    Ray Cope  1 weeks back

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

                                    • GARENA MALDITA
                                      GARENA MALDITA  2 weeks back

                                      Canal você sabia

                                      • Poop Eater
                                        Poop Eater  2 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  2 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  2 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  3 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  3 weeks back

                                                    This thing could literally tear through your house with ease

                                                    • Gangster Crip
                                                      Gangster Crip  3 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  4 weeks back

                                                                No that's a oragantan

                                                                • SlasherFilms01
                                                                  SlasherFilms01  4 weeks back

                                                                  All the cool animals are extinct 😔

                                                                  • Tyrone Blanco
                                                                    Tyrone Blanco  4 weeks back

                                                                    ice age brought me here

                                                                    • Harry Beck
                                                                      Harry Beck  4 weeks back

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

                                                                      • Jimmy Octane
                                                                        Jimmy Octane  4 weeks back

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

                                                                        • Hector Betancourt
                                                                          Hector Betancourt  4 weeks back

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

                                                                          • danyl barbour
                                                                            danyl barbour  4 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  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Actually also with a full mandible.

                                                                              • Aaron
                                                                                Aaron  4 weeks back

                                                                                Her

                                                                                • Peter Amarillo
                                                                                  Peter Amarillo  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Why does she dress like that?

                                                                                • Stef Gelderblom
                                                                                  Stef Gelderblom  1 months back

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

                                                                                  • jhenald ramos
                                                                                    jhenald ramos  1 months back

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

                                                                                    • Djabrail NTP
                                                                                      Djabrail NTP  1 months 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.
                                                                                      Thanks.