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What Happened to the World's Greatest Ape?

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Gigantopithecus was the greatest of the great apes! Whatever became of them? Take a journey to Asia and explore the forests and grasslands that were once home to the large primate using a video from an extentsive biology playlist. Biology scholars learn what the ape ate, how it survived in changing climate, and the factors that led to its extinction.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Make the video part of a primate lesson or Ice Age study
  • Pass out an interesting article for the class to read and dig deeper into the Pleistocene epoch
Classroom Considerations
  • Spend some time before the video discussing the characteristics of apes if learners are not yet familiar with them
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Presents a creative means of studying animal teeth to learn more about ancient habitats and animal behaviors
  • The narrator skillfully shows the similarities between Gigantopithecus and modern ape species
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