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Extinction: Gigantopithecus

Extinction: Gigantopithecus

From Year 0 (BCE/CE): -100000
Post Date: 05/28/0000

Gigantopithecus is believed to have gone extinct approximately 100,000 years ago. The primary evidence for their existence and extinction comes from fossilized teeth and jawbones found in caves in southern China, Vietnam, and India.

About King Kong: The legend of King Kong is a modern fiction rather than an ancient tale. The character of King Kong was created by American filmmaker Merian C. Cooper and first appeared in the 1933 film “King Kong.” The story was a product of contemporary imagination, inspired by adventure tales, the fascination with exotic locations, and early 20th-century interest in dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.

However, the idea of enormous ape-like creatures has roots in various cultures’ mythologies and folklore, which may have been inspired by the discovery of large ape fossils or by encounters with large animals. Gigantopithecus, which lived until about 100,000 years ago, was a real genus of giant apes, and it is possible that remnants or legends of such creatures could have influenced later myths.

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