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Gigantopithecus (name meaning "Gigantic Ape") is a genus of prehistoric great ape that originated during the Late Miocene and lived through to the Middle Pleistocene in what is now Asia. Standing 3–4 meters tall and weighing over 1200 pounds, Gigantopithecus was the largest species of ape to ever live. It has been described as the "real-life King Kong".

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