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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 2385 Jason Jarrell 05-Mar-18 17:37
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 401 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 06:01
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 430 drdavidanderson 06-Mar-18 10:15
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 432 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 12:48
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 396 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:44
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 402 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 04:12
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 406 Aine 07-Mar-18 04:36
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 395 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 05:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 385 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 397 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 18:26
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 389 Aine 07-Mar-18 21:41
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 430 Jason Jarrell 08-Mar-18 00:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 409 Aine 08-Mar-18 22:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 404 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:46
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 394 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 05:59
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 404 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 07:55
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 384 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 390 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 14:39
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 402 SkinwalkerScrooge 09-Mar-18 19:51
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 384 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 06:03
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 387 drdavidanderson 10-Mar-18 07:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 380 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 08:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 378 SkinwalkerScrooge 10-Mar-18 09:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 390 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:49
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 379 Jason Jarrell 10-Mar-18 21:04
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 378 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:31
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 376 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:16
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 699 SkinwalkerScrooge 11-Mar-18 05:46


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