Gigantopithecus was a large species of ape that lived during the ice age.
Thickly-built herbivorous primates, Gigantopithecus were as adept at climbing trees as they were at moving on the ground, with the use of their four strong limbs, all of which were equipped with hands rather than paws, which themselves were tipped with long, sharp claws. Furthermore, their limbs were strong enough to stop a large mammoth from crushing and throw them off them. Gigantopithecus had both sharp and blunt teeth, which were made use of as they lived off a diet of fruits and vegetables, and were able to move quickly, whether on land or in the trees, due to their strong hind limbs and longer forearms. Gigantopithecus had thick, shaggy pelts and often sported long scalp hair that could be styled, with males growing long facial hair similar to a beard, much like today's Orangutans.
Gigantopithecus were among the creatures of the ice ages to be impacted by the continental shiftings, one notable male named Gutt having decided to take to the seas aboard an iceberg-turned ship. There have been no Gigantopithecus sightings in the Herd Valley, but they live else where.
- Scrat's Continental Crack-up Part 2 (First appearance)
- Ice Age: Continental Drift
- Ice Age Village (as "Gorilla")
- Ice Age Adventures (as "Giganto")
Behind the Scenes
- Because no full skeleton of Gigantopithecus has yet been found, the appearance of Gigantopithecus in the films is conjectural, based off the closest living relative of Gigantopithecus, the orangutan.
- Contrast to a movie's orangutan-looking depiction, Gigantopithecus were depicted more closely to a Yeti in the mobile game Ice Age Adventures.
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