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Protein confirms Gigantopithecus is a pongine

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Piney

They pretty much determined that by the dental structure itself, didn't they? 

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Carnoferox
1 hour ago, Piney said:

They pretty much determined that by the dental structure itself, didn't they? 

Yes, a relationship with orangutans has been the consensus for a long time based on the dental morphology. However, since convergent evolution frequently occurs in hominid teeth this wasn't 100% certain. Now with this proteomic analysis there is little room for doubt.

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Ernest

Hope they r able to clone it for the zoo. Would be such an awesome sight

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Carnoferox
9 hours ago, Ernest said:

Hope they r able to clone it for the zoo. Would be such an awesome sight

No preserved DNA has yet been recovered from Gigantopithecus, only proteins, so cloning is currently impossible.

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