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Megaprimatus Kong (2005)

A well known specimen of Megaprimatus Kong known as Kong (on Skull Island), or King Kong (in New York City).

Conservation status Extinct (Skull Island and New York City, 1933)
Height 5.5 meters - 7.6 meters standings
Weight 8-14 tons
Origins Skull Island
Distribution Skull Island (wild) and New York City, USA (captured)
First appearance King Kong (2005 film)
Latest appearance King Kong: 360 3-D
Created by Peter Jackson and Weta Workshop

Megaprimatus Kong is a now extinct species of large gorilla inhabiting the isolated island in Oceania called Skull Island.


Megaprimatus are/arent(?) native to Skull Island, but/and it is presumed that the species Gigantopithecus (from the greek word Γίγαντας Gigantas meaning Giant and the word Πίθηκος Pithecus meaning monkey), a prehistoric giant ape that was bigger than modern apes, came to the island via an ancient land bridge linked to Asia. This of course happened many thousands of years ago. As Gigantopithecus grew to be around 10 feet in height, while Kong regularly grew to be twenty feet or more (based on skeletons found on Skull Island), if Kong is descended from Gigantopithecus then it must have adapted quickly to the dangers of Skull Island. However it should be noted that Gigantopithecus was closer related to Orangutans than to Gorillas. Due to the nature of the gorilla/ape decorated ruins found all over the island, it is hypothesized that Kong's kin came over with human civilization, and may have been used (possibly even bred) as guards, gods, or something else. 


Based on the habits of other apes, it can be presumed that Megaprimatus lived in small family groups, with females and their young guarded by the much larger males. They would live where food was plentiful, venturing down from the uplands and entering the jungles, to feed on the wide range of lush plants. Megaprimatus would feed on fruit, shoots and leaves of all kinds. Their communication was like that of smaller gorillas, using vocalizations such as grunts and roars. Posturing and body language were used as well, as to intimidate rivals and frighten enemies.

Natural predators[]

Megaprimatus had few natural predators, only one predator in particular is known to hunt Megaprimatus, and that's Vastatosaurus Rex. A very large and powerful tyrannosaur which probably became extinct shortly after the extinction of Megaprimatus. The predatory dromaeosaurid Venatosaurus Saevidicus is also known to have been attacking Megaprimatus, except this dinosaur would need to hunt in groups to be able to take down such great apes.


By the time Carl Denham arrived in 1933 it was clear that Kong was the last of his kind. It is unclear what killed off the Megaprimatus species, perhaps a massive earthquake, or loss of water, a storm, disease or maybe just Skull Island's many inhabitants just prevented too many young from reaching maturity. The last known specimen of M. Kong died in New York City, USA, after escaping Carl Denham's "King Kong" show and climbing to the top of the Empire State Building only to be shot down by airplanes. This specimen was known as King Kong.

See also[]

List of King Kong creatures

List of King Kong locations

List of King Kong characters

List of King Kong merchandise

King Kong franchise