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. 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.
- Scrat's Continental Crack-up Part 2 (First appearance)
- Ice Age: Continental Drift
- Ice Age Village
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.
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