What Happened to the World's Greatest Ape?

  • Published: 12 December 2017
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    Probably twice the size of a modern gorilla, Gigantopithecus is the greatest great-ape that ever was. And for us fellow primates, there are some lessons to be learned in how it lived, and why it disappeared.

    Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: superiorjanitorial.pro/user/pbsdigitalstudios

    Thanks to Julio Lacerda at 252MYA.com and Carlos Eulefi for both of their wonderful reconstructions of Gigantopithecus.

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Comments • 2 479

  • doobiesmoke15
    doobiesmoke15  11 hours back

    Compared to them, our great apes are mediocre at best

    • Kate Xie
      Kate Xie  13 hours back

      6:48 how about stop eating palm oil?

      • Leo Velli
        Leo Velli  5 hours back

        Right? I cant believe they said we can “help” the endangered species by simply learning about them. I was like “uhhh....how bout we stop destroying their habitats instead?” Lol smh

    • Riley Hall
      Riley Hall  17 hours back

      so more Mighty Joe Young than King Kong

      • Golden Sperm
        Golden Sperm  19 hours back

        What if this was teeth of a giant.? But that would be another episode of *_what if_*

        • Lucius Fawkes
          Lucius Fawkes  1 days back

          They got intelligent and wrecked the planet.

          • Kathy Bradbury
            Kathy Bradbury  1 days back

            That’s an awful big leap to create a creature from only lower jaws and teeth.

            • Angel Nunez
              Angel Nunez  2 days back


              • Dennis Naved Mahmood
                Dennis Naved Mahmood  2 days back

                She lookslike a bigger version of dakota johnson

                • Shaina
                  Shaina  2 days back

                  Omg there are WOOD HYENAS?

                  • Aoife Clancy
                    Aoife Clancy  2 days back

                    Jungle book?

                    • Burning Ambition
                      Burning Ambition  2 days back

                      You think big foot could be found In a similar habitat?

                      • Shimron Netia
                        Shimron Netia  4 days back

                        the narrator is beautiful

                        • Candy Jones
                          Candy Jones  4 days back

                          Boring video.

                        • LyricVideos YT
                          LyricVideos YT  4 days back

                          Hey look it's King Louie!

                          • Aidan Fitzgerald
                            Aidan Fitzgerald  4 days back

                            Thank you for using this channel to warn us about the challenges facing endangered species.

                            • John McCurdy
                              John McCurdy  5 days back

                              My favorite way to eat carrots are in rich, hearty stews.

                              • Pepper
                                Pepper  5 days back

                                nice video PBS

                                • Deus Vult
                                  Deus Vult  5 days back

                                  ARK: Survival Evolved gang rise up

                                  • Petter
                                    Petter  6 days back

                                    I read on the internet that the largest primate to ever exist is a human. An American man with more BMI than IQ, weighing in over 700kg.

                                    • AqWha Water
                                      AqWha Water  6 days back

                                      damn! were strong as hell back then. now were wimps.

                                      • Dany Varna
                                        Dany Varna  1 weeks back

                                        This is insulting! Oversimplifications, sensationalism, making authoritative statements rather then acting like adults and presenting the complexity of academic debates, and so on. This is entertainment for low to mid range IQ children. Also, can you put someone knowledgeable to present it rather then the currently mandatory bimbo/ LGBTQP/ minority?

                                        • Omex
                                          Omex  1 weeks back

                                          He evolved into Bob Ross

                                        • LOWDOTGG
                                          LOWDOTGG  1 weeks back

                                          5:12 when He opened his mouth I felt that

                                        • Deku Deku
                                          Deku Deku  1 weeks back

                                          Fun fact: king Louie from the jungle book was an giganto...whatever

                                          • Bryan Resurreccion
                                            Bryan Resurreccion  1 weeks back

                                            ARK PLAYERS

                                            • Deku Deku
                                              Deku Deku  1 weeks back

                                              Gigentophitecus: im the tallest primate of all..

                                              Robert wardlow: Hold my beer..

                                              • Ray Cope
                                                Ray Cope  2 weeks back

                                                Very interesting and beautifully presented.
                                                Thanks for all of your efforts to beguile and entertain us.
                                                I wish you rainbows.

                                                • GARENA MALDITA
                                                  GARENA MALDITA  2 weeks back

                                                  Canal você sabia

                                                  • Poop Eater
                                                    Poop Eater  2 weeks back

                                                    Dang how the heck did these humans find out just by a 2 million year old tooth where they lived😯

                                                  • Alysson Augusto
                                                    Alysson Augusto  2 weeks back

                                                    I like the way this type of video serves to alert us about climate change and human imperialism in nature.

                                                    • Joshy Boy
                                                      Joshy Boy  2 weeks back

                                                      Gingantopithecus would be the largest and strongest of all apes if their species hadn't gone extinct but cos they're extinct it's the gorrillas that are the largest and strongest of all apes

                                                      • submarine Nilsen
                                                        submarine Nilsen  2 weeks back

                                                        Mabye it got too stinky

                                                        • Daniël Schoemaker
                                                          Daniël Schoemaker  3 weeks back

                                                          2:48 South-East Asian Gigantopithecus in a European woodland. Nice

                                                          • Jo Ralte
                                                            Jo Ralte  3 weeks back

                                                            So, why is it always chasing the poor tiger?

                                                            • Guilherme Zorawski
                                                              Guilherme Zorawski  3 weeks back

                                                              Scientists have found this species formed a symbiotic relashionship with giant centipedes who lived inside it's body.... Also that It could wield swords after being killed

                                                              • Master Roshi
                                                                Master Roshi  3 weeks back

                                                                This thing could literally tear through your house with ease

                                                                • Gangster Crip
                                                                  Gangster Crip  3 weeks back

                                                                  Probably because there was no females and they couldnt breed lol

                                                                  • Mr Mister
                                                                    Mr Mister  3 weeks back

                                                                    Well humans long ago were even bigger than the gigantopithacus

                                                                  • Kizz Jus
                                                                    Kizz Jus  3 weeks back

                                                                    I'm here for the beautiful lady not the ape 😂😆

                                                                    • Aaron J
                                                                      Aaron J  4 weeks back

                                                                      and this is why i dont go roaming around in forests with all that camping stuff. Cuz when a Giganto ApE starts chasing you down and screamin at you, yall gon really find out what it's teeth were used for...

                                                                      • n?a
                                                                        n?a  4 weeks back

                                                                        With all the guessing by the scientist its probably not real.

                                                                        • Angus
                                                                          Angus  4 weeks back

                                                                          He was the king of the swingers, not a ground dweller

                                                                          • super sublimnails
                                                                            super sublimnails  4 weeks back

                                                                            No that's a oragantan

                                                                            • SlasherFilms01
                                                                              SlasherFilms01  4 weeks back

                                                                              All the cool animals are extinct 😔

                                                                              • Tyrone Blanco
                                                                                Tyrone Blanco  4 weeks back

                                                                                ice age brought me here

                                                                                • Harry Beck
                                                                                  Harry Beck  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Quick quiz for you guys!! What Disney film has a song that mentions the Gigantopithecus?

                                                                                  • Jimmy Octane
                                                                                    Jimmy Octane  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Last I checked we were the greatest ape. So...?

                                                                                    • Hector Betancourt
                                                                                      Hector Betancourt  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Get this through your thick heads: no species is meant to exist forever, including us.