Gigantopithecus Evolution Introduction

Gigantopithecus Evolution


I’ve selected the second claim provided (overhunting by humans led to extinction of the Ice Age animals). The research question that I’ve developed based on the claim chosen is did homo sapiens lead Gigantopithecus (giant ape) to end up being extinct if so how did homo sapiens lead them to being extinct. The other mammalian that I’ve chosen which can relate a lot to the Gigantopithecus is the Orangutan as I’m going to be comparing both together to show how evolution has occurred from the Gigantopthecus from the Ice Age era and the orangutan from the modern era as both are in the ape family, Evolution is the understanding that the world is not constant but changing an example of this is the Italian Wall Lizards as they were taken to an island left by themselves to see if they will change . AS they changed their diet and ate more vegetation it causes their head size, giving them a stronger bite. Carks Darwin’s (1809-1882) theory was all species of organisms appear and develop through the natural selection as it increases the individua’s ability to compete, survive and reproduce. An example of this is a species of rat’s lives in a certain type of tree with the branches evenly separated as smaller rats cannot reach each branch to another and the larger rats end up braking the branches and falling of the branches, all rats use to be the right size to be able to reach each branch.The Gigantopithecus was a giant ape that stood at around about 3 meters (9.8feet) tall as they weighed as much as 540kg (1,200Ib) as it makes them almost double the weight of a Gorilla and makes the Gigantopithecus five times the weight of a modern Orangutans.


The Gigantopithecus has revolutionized to what we know today as the Orangutan, Orangutans Also, have two different types of species such as the Bornean orangutan and Sumatran orangutan. Both the giant apes and the orangutans have the same coloured fur which gives you a hint that the giant ape has revolutionized into the orangutan. The DNA structure and studies of orangutans have proven that orangutans have the same DNA structure, as a Gigantopithecus as it gives a lot more evidence that the Gigantopithecus is the relative to the orangutan and both these mammalians are from the same family the ape family “