Bummer: Climate Change Killed Off The Real King Kong!
Seriously, how could our ancestors do this? Driving fossil fueled vehicles and refusing to buy local and using air conditioning. Bad humans! This is an AFP article being pimped by ultra-leftist Raw Story in order to push The Narrative about how evil climate change is
The largest ape to roam Earth died out 100,000 years ago because it failed to tuck into savannah grass after climate change hit its preferred diet of forest fruit, scientists suggest.
Gigantopithecus — the closest Nature ever came to producing a real King Kong — weighed five times as much as an adult man and probably stood three meters (nine feet) tall, according to sketchy estimates.
In its heyday a million years ago, it inhabited semi-tropical forests in southern China and mainland Southeast Asia. (snip)
These narrow preferences (of food) did not pose a problem for Gigantopithecus until Earth was struck by a massive ice age during the Pleistocene Epoch, which stretched from about 2.6 million to 12,000 years ago.
That’s right, it died out long ago. What would be an interesting bit of science on things that happened in history is being used to promote an agenda regarding climate change today. It was global cooling, an actual ice age, that seemingly helped kill off the giant apes. The article, with its prolific use of the phrase climate change, is supposed to make people think of the current climatic changes (without mentioning that the current warm period isn’t even as warm as previous warm periods) and worry about DOOM.
Now, if only today’s Warmism would die out. Of course, it will be around for quite some time, regardless of what real science says, and regardless of what actual events show, because this is about pushing a hardcore Leftist political agenda.