I’ve blogged several times about the pictures of giant human skeletons on the web that aren’t what they seem to be. They fall into two categories: hoaxes and mis-identification of the remains of either dinosaurs or (more often) mastodons or mammoths.
I recently came across this site, which conveniently displays several of the most widely circulated phony giant photos. If you go there, please click on the link mentioned in the article that is the source of most of these hoaxed photos: Worth1000.com. The site runs contests for image fakery. Here is the archaeology archive where you’ll find most of the fake giant photos out there on the web.
I also recently came across a good scholarly article on the other category — mis-identification. It’s by James Howard and entitled, “Fossil Proboscidians and Myths of Giant Men.” It can be downloaded for free.
On the term “proboscidian” (in the context of this post, an animal with a large trunk), here is the entry from dictionary.com:
1. pertaining to or resembling a proboscis.
I think folks who believe there were giants in ancient history ought to consider how small people were back then. This below is probably what folks back then considered a giant. The “weird eye” also lends anecdotal evidence to the Genesis 6 view the Jews seem to have held of these people.
I don’t know what the weird eye thing has to do with Gen 6. There’s nothing in there about eyes. (Weekly World News isn’t exactly a good source).
Mike, didn’t know where to ask this and it’s certainly not relevant to the article. Are you or have you written about the Khazarian Jew myth and if not could you point someone who’s sick and tired of running into idiots who parrot this craziness to a powerful resource that’s refutes this nonsense? It seems to me that Dr. Eran Elhaik, genetic researcher at John Hopkins University School of Medicine is the guy who set this thing in motion back in 2012. Now, I’m hearing that modern molecular genetics have proven his work invalid but that’s all I can come up with. Thanks.
I’m not sure which part of the issue you are referring to as myth. Here’s a link to the Khazarian Jew / DNA research via Google Scholar. Several articles and studies available as PDF:
Mike, but the Bible says there were giants.
I know. I’ve written a few thousand words about that (literally). The Bible also says you shouldn’t lie. These are hoaxes and bunk. Pretending otherwise is to spread deception. That isn’t what I do.
But you also say that “they were people just a tad taller then average”. Could they be lying in the Bible then?
No – did you read the post (and others)? I guess not. The biblical text itself (Dead Sea Scrolls) has Goliath at 6’6″. So, er, that isn’t a lie, is it?
I don’t usually say this to commenters, but it’s evident you aren’t as informed as you’re trying to sound.
I am not trying to sound as anything, Michael, but my questions are uncomfortable for you. You much prefer to disprove giant sarcophagi and other materialistic shit and related contemporary bullshit, then issue a modicum of judgment to what is written in the bible and what character it portrays. Why don’t you discuss some washington dc streetplans for a change? just a suggestion
Uncomfortable? Holy cow. Made me laugh! Why in the world would I care about what you’re posting? I’m not learning anything from your comments. You’ve not provided a single point of data to consider. I don’t worry about a vacuum. We’re data-driven here.
Once you’ve lost a job for your views and had to defend your dissertation (ten years of work coming down to 30 minutes in a room) on an Israelite / OT godhead with Jewish scholars in the room, comments like yours are hardly troubling. Frankly, I’m not even sure what you mean.
I’m not posting my book here, nor re-posting other material I’ve written on this. If you think what I’m saying is a modicum, it’s evidence you haven’t spent any time looking for what I’ve written on it. I’m not your research assistant. You need to do some work if you want to comment on that sort of thing.