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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 2273 Jason Jarrell 05-Mar-18 17:37
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 371 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 06:01
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 399 drdavidanderson 06-Mar-18 10:15
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 392 Susan Doris 06-Mar-18 12:48
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 367 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:44
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 369 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 04:12
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 368 Aine 07-Mar-18 04:36
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 366 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 05:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 352 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 364 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 18:26
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 359 Aine 07-Mar-18 21:41
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 389 Jason Jarrell 08-Mar-18 00:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 377 Aine 08-Mar-18 22:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 366 Aine 07-Mar-18 03:46
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 362 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 05:59
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 374 Jason Jarrell 07-Mar-18 07:55
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 354 Aine 07-Mar-18 13:18
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 364 Susan Doris 07-Mar-18 14:39
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 364 SkinwalkerScrooge 09-Mar-18 19:51
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 345 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 06:03
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 359 drdavidanderson 10-Mar-18 07:52
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 348 Susan Doris 10-Mar-18 08:40
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 349 SkinwalkerScrooge 10-Mar-18 09:09
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 359 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:49
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 347 Jason Jarrell 10-Mar-18 21:04
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 350 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:31
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 347 Aine 10-Mar-18 13:16
Re: The Socio-Political Structure of Adena Societies 640 SkinwalkerScrooge 11-Mar-18 05:46


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