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Audio Interview With ‘Real King Kong’ Expert

(Posted Dec. 15, 2005)

The University of Iowa News Services Office is making available audio clips for download (mp3 format) an interview with as well as a short audio feature about Russell L. Ciochon, anthropology professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, discussing his research into real-life giant apes that once roamed Earth. Ciochon’s research into Gigantopithecus (Giganto for short) is featured in a History Channel documentary that premiers tonight (Thursday, Nov. 15, 2005) titled "Giganto: The Real King Kong.”

Audio Feature

Full-length feature and interview (4.69 Mb)

Individual Audio Clips

Tell us about the documentary that included your work on Gigantopithecus. (353 kb)

Why is the documentary being shown at this time? (480 kb)

Since no complete skeleton has been found, how do we know what Gigantopithecus looked like? (708 kb)

When and how was the evidence of Gigantopithecus discovered? (1 Mb)

How come there isn't more evidence of Gigantopithecus in the fossil record? (1 meg)

What Gigantopithecus-related projects do you have planned for the future? (724 kb)

Other Resources

University of Iowa News Services press release on Ciochon and the History Channel Documentary (12/13/05)

University of Iowa Museum of National History website on Gigantopithecus

History Channel Website

(Photos, from top: Russell L. Ciochon, anthropology professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, holding a replica of a jawbone of Gigantopithecus; a model of what Gigantopithecus might have looked like)