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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 2593 Jason Jarrell 05-Mar-18 17:37
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 438 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 06:01
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 478 drdavidanderson 06-Mar-18 10:15
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 477 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 12:48
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 434 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:44
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 444 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 04:12
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 447 Aine 07-Mar-18 04:36
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 434 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 05:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 419 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 434 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 18:26
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 424 Aine 07-Mar-18 21:41
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 476 Jason Jarrell 08-Mar-18 00:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 445 Aine 08-Mar-18 22:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 449 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:46
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 432 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 05:59
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 445 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 07:55
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 418 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 427 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 14:39
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 447 SkinwalkerScrooge 09-Mar-18 19:51
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 427 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 06:03
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 437 drdavidanderson 10-Mar-18 07:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 416 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 08:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 419 SkinwalkerScrooge 10-Mar-18 09:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 433 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:49
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 416 Jason Jarrell 10-Mar-18 21:04
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 417 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:31
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 414 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:16
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 787 SkinwalkerScrooge 11-Mar-18 05:46


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