The legendary Bigfoot has long been considered the "missing link" between monkeys and humans. In an amazing discovery, scientists have found new evidence for the so-called "original Bigfoot," a ten-foot monkey that lived almost two million years ago, that the giant primate lived in southeast China about 1.9 million years ago. They also found that the animal was related to today's orangutan after conducting a groundbreaking new analysis of proteins in the enamel.
"By sequencing proteins from enamel that were around 2 million years old, we have shown that this is possible. Reconstruct with confidence the evolutionary relationships of animal species that have died too late for their DNA to survive so far would have, "said one of the co-authors of the study, Enrico Cappellini, in a statement. "In this study, we can even conclude that the lines of orangutan and gigantopithecus split about 1
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Research also shows that G. blacki weighed up to 595 pounds is available deviated from orangutans about 12 million years ago. Unlike chimpanzees or bonobos, it is not closely related to humans.
"This study shows that protein sequencing allows us to retrieve ancient genetic information from primates living in subtropical areas, even though the fossil is two million years old," added lead author of the study, Frido Welker , "Until now, it has only been possible to retrieve genetic information from fossils up to 10,000 years old in warm, humid areas."
Welker continued, "This is interesting because ancient remains of the alleged ancestors of our species, Homo sapiens, are also found mainly in subtropical areas, especially in the early stages of human evolution, which means we may have similar information via the evolutionary line that leads to humans. "
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The scientific community has generally acknowledged that the lineage between humans and chimpanzees split 7 to 8 million years ago.  Fossils of G. blacki was hard to find, with only four partial jaws and thousands of teeth discovered.
It is unclear what exactly G. blacki looked like, though it was painted by imitations as an oversized orangutan, Live Science notes. Cappellini said the evidence they discovered did not provide them with information about "appearance, phenotype or biology."
The study was published in the journal Nature