Proof of Giants on Earth

Graveyard in Catalhoyuk, Konya, Turkey

Were There Giants on Earth?

Humans have long expressed a mixture of fascination and fear around the question, “Were there giants on Earth?” Whether in legends or life, giants have been worshipped, reviled, ostracized, and celebrated. While the existence of dinosaurs is largely accepted, and millions of people travel across continents to marvel at majestic, larger than life monuments, the facts about human giants, or giant races, are much debated. Regardless of whether they are dismissed as myth or accepted as fact, giants represent important aspects of our individual and collective psyche. They capture our imagination, appear in religious texts, and drive scientific endeavor. But the question still remains — did giants once roam the Earth?

What Are Giants? A Brief Look at Gigantism

Merriam-Webster defines a giant as being a “legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength,” as well as “a living being of great size.” In physical terms, a giant is a person over seven feet tall with a condition known as “gigantism.” The tallest person documented modern history was Robert Wadlow (1918-1940), known as the “Alton Giant,” or the “Giant of Illinois,” who stood 8 feet 11 inches tall.

Robert Wadlow, the Alton Giant

 

Wadlow intended to study law, but lived as a celebrity after traveling with the Ringling Brothers Circus and as a spokesman for giant-sized shoes. He died at a young age, an all too common end for those with gigantism — their weight and size puts constant strain on the heart and skeletal system.

Today genetic giants are gaining acceptance because overall, humans have evolved into a taller species. According to Max Roser, an economist studying global standards of living conditions, between 1810 and 1980 European male height grew from an average of 160 centimeters to 185 centimeters. But despite this acceptance, giants can still find life in a normal-sized world stressful and lonely, and like Wadlow, are treated as an oddity. This contradiction mirrors the way in which giant races have been regarded throughout history.



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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu Wants to Clone Scythian Army

The Russian military is reportedly looking to clone ancient warriors. Is it possible, and if so, why would they do it?

In the Siberian Republic of Tuva lie the remains of Scythian warriors and their horses buried for nearly 3,000 years. Now, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu apparently wants to put them back into action.

According to Ancient Origins, Shoigu has announced his desire to clone the 3,000-year-old soldiers telling the Russian Geographical Society, “Of course, we would like very much to find the organic matter and I believe you understand what would follow that. It would be possible to make something of it, if not Dolly the Sheep. In general, it will be very interesting.”

Dolly the Sheep refers to the first mammal ever cloned back in 1996. Now, a Russian-Swiss archeological team is reportedly searching for viable DNA from the graves to clone the ancient warriors. But many scientists are skeptical that this is even possible. No human has ever been cloned—that we know of…

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