One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large fossil Asian ape of the late Miocene to early Pleistocene epochs.
Genus Gigantopithecus, family Pongidae
- ‘Giant-sized fossil footprints found in Asia are thought by some to be the tracks of Gigantopithecus.’
- ‘But now a University-based researcher is claiming that Gigantopithecus may have lived concurrently with modern humans.’
- ‘Its size and ape affiliation suggest Gigantopithecus was a ground-dwelling, fist-walking creature.’
- ‘A German paleontologist discovered Gigantopithecus in 1935 when he picked up a strange, heavy tooth in a Chinese apothecary.’
- ‘Creatures the size of Gigantopithecus would need a source which existed in abundance.’
Modern Latin, from Greek gigas, gigant- (see giant) + pithēkos ‘ape’.
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