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The legendary Bigfoot has long been thought of as the “missing link” between apes and humans. In a stunning discovery, scientists have unearthed new evidence of the so-called “original Bigfoot”, a 10-foot-tall ape that lived nearly 2 million years ago.
Known as Gigantopithecus blacki, the researchers found that the giant primate living in the south-east of China, about 1.9 million years ago. They also found that the animal was related to the modern-day orangutans once they have been carried out ground-breaking new analysis of the proteins found in tooth enamel.
“By the sequencing of the proteins collected from the dental enamel is approximately 2 million years old, and we have shown that it is possible to confidently reconstruct the evolutionary relationships of the species of animals that have become extinct have been too far away at the time, in order for their DNA to survive until now,” said one of the study’s co-authors, Enrico Cappellini, in a statement. “In this study, we can conclude that the link between the orangutan and the Estate split up for about 12 million years ago.”
The artistic representation of Gigantopithecus blacki. (Credit: Ikumi Kayama, Studio Kayama, LLC)
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The study also indicates that G. blacki, which weigh up to 595 pounds, and diverged from the orangutan about 12 million in the year-ago period. In contrast to the chimpanzee, or bonobo, is not closely related to the human being.
This is a comparison chart to compare the height of a 1.8 meter tall man with the Gigantopithecus species. This graph is based on orangutan proportions in a bipedal stance. It is most likely that Gigantopithecus would have had to spend most of your time in a four-fold position on your hands and feet. (Credit: Discott)
“In this study, we show that we are able to make use of protein sequencing for the collection of ancient genetic data from living primates in sub-tropical regions, even though the fossil is of a two-million-year-old,” the study’s lead author, Frido Welker, will be added to the list. “Up until now, the only way to retrieve genetic information from up to 10,000 years old and fossils are found in hot, humid areas.”
Welker went on to say, “This is interesting, because the remains of the supposed ancestors of our species, Homo sapiens, are mainly found in sub-tropical areas and, in particular, for the beginning of the human evolution. This means that we may be able to obtain comparable information on the evolutionary line leading to humans.”
A Gigantopithecus blacki mandible (P1-M2)=74mm). (Credit: Prof. Wei Wang; Photo editing: Theis Jensen.)
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It has been widely accepted in the scientific community, that the line between the human and chimpanzee split, between 7 and 8 million in the year-ago period.
Fossils of G. blacki have been very difficult to find, with only a four-part jaws and thousands of teeth have been discovered.
It is unclear as to what exactly is in G. blacki seemed to be, while activities have been painted as a huge orangutan, and Live Science notes. Cappellini said that the evidence they discovered did not provide any details about the physical appearance, phenotype, or biological science.”
The study, which was published in the scientific journal Nature.
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