Giants (Non-Biblical): Mythical, Legendary & Historical

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There is a theory that such legends of "giants" might date back to (presumably pre-ice age) human coexistance with Gigantopithecus. Similarly legends of dwarves, goblins etc could date back to human coexistence with smaller hominid species such as Australopithecus.

The maximum recorded height for a human is nearly 9 ft I think but I believe he died at something like 22.
 
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Something that provides food for thought is tracking down references to Patagonian giants reported back by the first explorers. It seems extremely unlikely that the Patagonian diet was so good that the indigenous people were dramatically taller than Europeans based on nutrition alone - that being the sceptical explanation.
 

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The Masai are known for their height and they seem to subsist on a diet of milk and blood.
 

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I still think the Patagonian Giants are worthy of further investigation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patagon

They are dismissed as a myth or hoax because no-one has actually found a skeleton, but I don't see what purpose the hoax would serve. Has anyone ever systematically looked for traces of these people?
 

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The Patagonian giants were seen by several early explorers. Unless these early explorers were midgets I have a problem seeing them all as hoaxters. Have you ever read "Forbidden Archeology by Thompson. The unabridged copy will give details of this and many other "swept under the rug" discoveries. I wasn't disputing ramonmercad's post.
 

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I still think the Patagonian Giants are worthy of further investigation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patagon

They are dismissed as a myth or hoax because no-one has actually found a skeleton, but I don't see what purpose the hoax would serve. Has anyone ever systematically looked for traces of these people?
Also they're anatomically impossible, at least at the sort of sizes in that link.
 

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Also they're anatomically impossible, at least at the sort of sizes in that link.
I would expect some exaggeration of size. But since (for the Patagonians) we don't have a skeleton or an illustration, how can we assume they are just large humans instead of some other branch of the hominids?
 

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