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What killed the 'real King Kong'? Scientists say they now know the answer to an ancient mystery

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HONG KONG — It did not fall off the Empire State Building.


Instead, a giant ape sometimes dubbed the “real King Kong” was driven to extinction by climate change that put its favorite fruits out of reach during the dry season, according to new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature.  


Standing 10 feet tall and weighing up to 650 pounds, Gigantopithecus blacki roamed the forested plains of southern China’s Guangxi region hundreds of thousands of years ago, chowing down on fruits and flowers.


But the apes’ strict diet may have led to the species’ demise, researchers found.