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I was fascinated to read your article, which I did initially out of curiosity to see what my successor as AoM had to say! I am a retired endocrinologist and would say without doubt that your Adena giants had gigantism caused by either familial predisposition to Growth hormone secreting tumours (curiously called adenomas), or some other familial defect in Growth Hormone regulation or function. This is a good review I found on the subject [europepmc.org]

You mention in your article that one such giant had a prominent lower jaw, and of course prognathism is a recognised clinical feature of acromegaly, and its childhood onset variant Pituitary Gigantism. The biblical case of Goliath is an obvious example of the symbolic value of the giant as a champion (and also his weakness, since bitemporal hemianopia from a large pituitary tumour pressing on the optic chiasm, probably meant Goliath didn't see the stone coming to knock him out. Of course David then chopped his head off to make sure!)I wonder if any of the Adena skeletons were well enough preserved to measure the size of the pituitary fossa?

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The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 1565 Jason Jarrell 05-Mar-18 17:37
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 247 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 06:01
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 263 drdavidanderson 06-Mar-18 10:15
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 268 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 12:48
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 242 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:44
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 247 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 04:12
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 238 Aine 07-Mar-18 04:36
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 245 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 05:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 229 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 235 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 18:26
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 234 Aine 07-Mar-18 21:41
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 261 Jason Jarrell 08-Mar-18 00:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 246 Aine 08-Mar-18 22:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 245 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:46
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 235 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 05:59
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 255 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 07:55
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 230 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 235 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 14:39
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 238 SkinwalkerScrooge 09-Mar-18 19:51
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 223 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 06:03
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 232 drdavidanderson 10-Mar-18 07:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 221 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 08:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 222 SkinwalkerScrooge 10-Mar-18 09:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 234 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:49
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 221 Jason Jarrell 10-Mar-18 21:04
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 222 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:31
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 228 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:16
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 453 SkinwalkerScrooge 11-Mar-18 05:46


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