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The Enigma of the GiantsJD Adams Salem-News.com
The Russians have their Almastis, in the Himalayas it is the 'Yeti', within China it is known as the 'Chaing Mi', there is the 'Mie Tie' of Malaysia, and the 'Kiboornee' of New Guinea...
(SALEM, Ore.) - Society's sphere of influence is like a campfire in the darkness, and we peer beyond the circle of light into the unknown. Beyond where the roads have ended, and only the brave and curious continue into the shadows of the forest, there are furtive sounds that cannot be explained, and cunning movements we cannot follow. It is here, in the sanctity of the wild places, that the ancient ones live, watching, and waiting.
From the legends of Northwest tribes, in the villages of Tibet, and on the Australian outback, it is whispered there were giants. In the forests of North America, their descendants have been glimpsed by a few who dared to speak about their experiences. Scientists have noted the existence of giant primates such Gigantopithecus and Meganthropus, but have been reluctant to assign them proper humanness in spite of so-called mega-tools that have been found associated with the fossil remains.
Every form of life has had its giant stage in evolution. During the Carboniferous period, the Meganeura, resembling a dragonfly, grew to have a wingspan of 30 inches. The Pulmonoscorpius, an early scorpion, were one meter in length. A giant crocodile, the Sarcosuchus, lived during the Cretaceous period, and were 40 ft. in length and weighed over 8 tons. The Titanoboa, the largest snake that ever lived, reigned during the Paleocene epoch, and was up to 50 ft. long and 2,500 lbs in weight.
The Megalodon, an ancient shark of the Cenozioc era, was one the largest predators in vertebrate history. Lacking a complete skeleton, estimates of its size range from 67 to 82 ft. in length, and a body mass of approximately 100 tons. Then we have the Pleistocene Megafauna which included larger versions of most modern species, like the saber-tooth cat known as Smilodon populator, which weighed 1000 lbs. and had 12 in. canine teeth. These huge specimens were the result of favorable conditions such as plentiful habitat and prey, and a different mixture of atmospheric gases, at one time being 35%, oxygen, versus the 22% of today. The interaction of developing species, including ecological niches which were yet to be filled, also played a part.
So, why not giant humans? The Meganthropus, or Giant Java Man, was an inhabitant of Southeast Asia, slightly smaller than the Gigantopithecus of China, but still huge at an estimated 8 ft. in height. It's stature has been inferred from jaw and skull reconstruction. The Meganthropus skull has a double sagittal crest (running front to back along the top) which distinguishes it from the Homo erectus that some believe it is descended from. The crest is an indication of powerful jaw muscles. The actual size and lineage of Meganthropus is the subject of much debate, and it is considered a possible predecessor to Bigfoot by Cryptozoologists.
If ever there was a species worthy of the giant label, it is Gigantopithecus. Fossil remains suggest a height of 10 to 13 ft. Whether the species was a hominid or more ape-like is a point of serious contention, but it appears that mainstream anthropologists are simply fearful of disrupting the house of cards that is accepted dogma in human evolution and geologic history. The Gigantopithecus molars which have been discovered are distinctly hominid in appearance, and the brain case is actually larger than modern man.
It is from the mysterious wilds of Australia that the most compelling finds have originated. Cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy has recovered from areas near Bathurst, New South Wales, several mega-tools of such weight and size that only giant hominids could have wielded them. The artifacts include knives, chisels, hand-axes, and clubs. A giant molar of dimensions 67mm x 50mm x 42mm excavated from a depth of 6 ft. indicated an individual approaching 25 ft. in stature, according to Gilroy. Prospectors working independently in the Bathurst district years ago also found several huge footprints preserved in red jasper.
Several foot imprints of amazing size have been discovered in the Blue Mountains of Australia. One remarkable specimen was found by Mr. P. Holman, which measured 7 inches in width, with an estimated length of 2 ft. The largest fossilized footprint ever found in Australia suggests a stature in excess of 20 ft. Generally, the foot imprints in the New South Wales area are 2 ft. long, and are spaced with a stride of 6 ft., indicating a height of around 12 ft.
Some are preserved in volcanic flows that are millions of years old, clashing with the conventional wisdom that the Aborigines are the first inhabitants of Australia, arriving there about 40,00 years ago. An explanation for this conundrum is that during past Ice Ages the sea level dropped enough to connect North Australia with Asia over a land bridge where the islands of Southeast Asia exist today. During this period it's possible that Gigantopithecus migrated to the Australian continent.
Clearly, Gigantopithecus was already on an evolutionary path that favored the advantages of immense size, and in Australia they would have found plentiful sources of food, and little interference from competing species. The folklore of the Australian Aborigines mentions these giant inhabitants predating that of the first migrations of the Aboriginal ancestors. And in the Bible are verses that refer to giant beings that existed before the time of The Great Flood. Like the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the modern science of archeology and anthropology is finding that ancient legends have a foundation in fact.
The evidence supporting the existence of giant humans is plentiful, substantial, and widespread. The gigantic human femur found in Turkey is an example. Usually, only the harder skeletal materials such as jaws survive as fossils. But this femur (thigh bone) is unmistakeably human, and comes up to the chest of a normal-sized person: http://s8int.com/giants1.html.
In the Euphrates valley of Southeast Turkey, tombs were uncovered during the construction of roads that were four meters in length. Leg bones from these skeletons were over 47 inches long, indicating giants 14 to 16 ft. in stature. Other such enormous skeletons have been found in Egypt, Italy, Argentina, and the United States. Several burial sites in Ohio have yielded skeletons 9 ft. or more in height.
From around the world, the remains of giant humans have been found, so why has this information been suppressed? Because it doesn't fit into the conventional view of human history. Scientists who have spent years being indoctrinated with mainstream knowledge have a vested interest in perpetrating this view, for reasons involving career advancement, territorialism, arrogance, and simple vanity. Could these giant creatures be alive today?
For Cyptozoologist Rex Gilroy, the late anthropologist Grover T. Krantz of Washington State University, many other scientists, and thousands of witnesses, the answer is a resounding YES. The Aborigines have their 'Yowie' or giant hairy man, which inhabits the forests of the eastern mountain ranges of Australia. Their vocalizations are a mixture of grunts and howling, consistent with other encounters of Bigfoot in North America.
The Russians have their Almastis, in the Himalayas it is the 'Yeti', within China it is known as the 'Chaing Mi', there is the 'Mie Tie' of Malaysia, and the 'Kiboornee' of New Guinea. Some have been linked to surviving members of the Homo erectus species, others appear more like the Gigantopithecus of the Pleistocene epoch. Professor Grover T. Krantz of Washington State University did exhaustive studies of the Bigfoot phenomenon and concluded it was a member of the Gigantopithecus species.
Impressions of alleged Bigfoot hands and feet, complete with fingerprints, were collected by Professor Krantz and submitted to law enforcement fingerprint specialists with telling results.
The feedback Krantz received was generally that the print impressions appeared real. An FBI expert was influenced more by the fact that the Bigfoot prints seemed genuine, remarking "The implications of this are just too much; I can't believe it's real." These same hand and foot impressions were offered to anthropologists and primatologists, whose comments were varied, with some claiming they were hoaxes. However, scientist Tim White responded with " There was no good reason to reject them."
Herein lies the problem with the scientific community. Despite strong evidence supporting the existence of Bigfoot, personal biases interfere with professional judgment.
But the science of genetic analysis will have the last word with the completion of genome mapping of modern Homo sapiens and lower primates such as the chimpanzee, which has DNA over 98 % similar to ours. One would expect similar results from a Bigfoot - Homo sapiens comparison. In June of 2009, a fingernail of exceptionally large size and unusual coloration was submitted to the Searching for Bigfoot Organization. The genetic analysis showed the DNA had a 99% certainty of being human, but contained unexplained genetic variances. Bingo.
J. D. Adams was born in Salem, Oregon, a descendant of Oregon Trail pioneer William Lysander Adams. As a wilderness explorer, photographer, and writer, he sustains a kinship with the spirit of the Oregon country. JD inhabits Oregon's Silicon Forest as an electronics professional with degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology and Microelectronics.
He maintains a Web presence with a signature presentation in genres including travel, history, and technology.
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