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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 1704 Jason Jarrell 05-Mar-18 17:37
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 300 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 06:01
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 317 drdavidanderson 06-Mar-18 10:15
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 317 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 12:48
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 294 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:44
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 297 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 04:12
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 288 Aine 07-Mar-18 04:36
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 297 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 05:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 279 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 285 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 18:26
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 286 Aine 07-Mar-18 21:41
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 312 Jason Jarrell 08-Mar-18 00:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 297 Aine 08-Mar-18 22:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 295 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:46
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 286 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 05:59
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 305 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 07:55
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 283 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 288 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 14:39
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 290 SkinwalkerScrooge 09-Mar-18 19:51
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 273 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 06:03
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 283 drdavidanderson 10-Mar-18 07:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 274 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 08:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 273 SkinwalkerScrooge 10-Mar-18 09:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 285 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:49
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 274 Jason Jarrell 10-Mar-18 21:04
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 274 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:31
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 279 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:16
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 534 SkinwalkerScrooge 11-Mar-18 05:46


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