Originally the largest (135-240 kg in males; half that in females) species of ape; indigenous to Africa, Old Earth, where they lived on the forest floor of the tropical rainforest.

They were covered in dense coarse black fur (except in older males, who developed silvery hair on their backs as they aged), and had black skin. Their diet consisted largely of tender vegetation. The basic social unit was a band consisting of a single dominant male (and sometimes one or two subordinate males) and a large number of females and juveniles. They became extinct in the wild due to poaching and habitat destruction during the early Information Age, and survived only in captive breeding colonies and as records in gene banks. They were successfully provolved during the late Information Age. It is thought that GAIA may have lazurogened the baseline species, even though there have been no unambiguous sightings (almost all pilgrim sightings have turned out to be pranks and hoaxes by the local rianths). The largest confirmed authentic "wild" populations of gorillas are found at Ao Lai.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss
Initially published on 31 October 2001.