> thirdpal Wrote:
> > Not exactly a myth, but better science has
> > my statement wrong.
> > Anomalies do exist, however. I guess my problem
> > with purely scientific understanding is that it
> > ignores the myths of ancient and third world
> > cultures - which I perceive as a form of
> > prejudice.
> Of course anomalies exist. And they exist at great
> risk to the organism. Even today, people 7 feet or
> more ("giants") tend to die early and to have
> multiple medical issues and younger ages. Fact.
> The only prejudice was the prevailing thought in
> the late 19th and continuing through the 20th
> century that the Native Americans were dumb
> savages who couldn't possibly have thought up,
> much less built, the mounds and other structures
> that are found throughout the Americas. It was
> nothing less than racism and it led to our
> government and settlers (and Canada's) doing some
> pretty unspeakable things to the Native Americans.
Kristin, Kristin, Kristin,
1. the 7 footers you are referring to now are the outliers (mainly diseased) from a group of people who are genetically smaller
2. these ancients one may be from a group of people (another Homo group), one of our genetic cousins, who were genetically larger and therefore healthy - no need to die young
3. the wiki square-cube article [en.wikipedia.org]
As was elucidated by J. B. S. Haldane, large animals do not look like small animals: an elephant cannot be mistaken for a mouse scaled up in size. This is due to allometric scaling: the bones of an elephant are necessarily proportionately much larger than the bones of a mouse, because they must carry proportionately higher weight.
yet mammoths were larger than present day elephants but both look pretty much the same proportion
so a giant mouse would look like a mouse....
sloths seemed to ignore the square cube law
"Today's sloths are really the black sheep of the sloth family," study co-author Anjali Goswami, of the University College London earth sciences department, said in a statement. "If we ignore the fossil record and limit our studies to living sloths, as previous studies have done, there's a good chance that we'll miss out on the real story and maybe underestimate the extraordinarily complex evolution that produced the species that inhabit our world."
giant beavers (another species who never heard of Gallileo)
Castoroides, also known as giant beavers, were much larger than modern beavers. Their average length was approximately 1.9 m (6.2 ft), and they could grow as large as 2.2 m (7.2 ft). The weight of the giant beaver could vary from 90 kg (198 lb) – 125 kg (276 lb). This makes it the largest known rodent in North America during the Pleistocene and the largest known beaver.
this is a much larger increase than we are talking about human giants
3. these ancient tall ones were also "Native Americans", unless you want to put a cut-off date, i.e. before 10,000BC, as to when arrival makes you a native versus foreign