Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Asian King Kong-Dragon Teeth





Researchers have successfully extracted protein from a roughly 1.9-million-year-old tooth of an ancient Asian ape called Gigantopithecus blacki.



The study, published in the journal Nature, revealed molecular clues of the giant ape’s evolutionary roots.



The findings show that Gigantopithecus and orangutans diverged from a common ancestor between 10 million and 12 million years ago.








Source: The New Indian Express, 20 November 2019, Chennai.