Nephilim Bones: Were Giant Human Skeletons Found in Greece?

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Image #1

Giant Skeleton
Netlore Archive: A series of viral images is offered up as proof that fossilized skeletons of actual human giants, alleged to be the remains of biblical Canaanites or "Nephilim," were recently dug up by archaeologists in GreeceViral images, origin unknown

Description: Viral images and text / Hoax
Circulating since: 2009?
Status: Fake (see analysis on last page)

Text example #1:
Email contributed by Karen M., March 21, 2010:

Giants Found in Greece

I thought this was really cool, how scientists keep finding proof of biblical stories!

Remember the old testament story of how the Israelites were afraid because of the GIANTS in the land of Canaan.

Numbers 13:33 - "There we saw the GIANTS (the descendants of Anak came from the GIANTS); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."


Text example #2:
Email text contributed by Albert M., March 3, 2011:

GIANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND IN GREECE

These astounding photos are from a recent archaeological discovery in Greece; This totally unexpected find furnishes proof of the existence of "Nephilim". Nephilim is the word used to describe the giants spoken of in biblical times by Enoch as well as the giant David fought against (Goliath). It is generally believed that most of these Giants came about when the fallen angels had union with earthly woman. Note the incredible size of the skull...

Gen 6:4
There were giants on earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bear children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Num 13:33
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

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Giant Skeletons Found
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Image #3

Giant Skeletons Found
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Image #4

Giant Skeletons Found
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Image #5

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Giant Skeletons Found in Greece? - Analysis

Images: #1, #2, #3, #4
Enlargements: #1, #2, #3, #4

There's a good reason we haven't heard about this epic discovery in the New York Times, Scientific American, or any other legitimate publication, and that is that the preceding photos, like the similar one circulating since 2004 purporting to show a giant skeleton found in the Middle East, are fakes.

As if it weren't preposterous enough to claim that one 15-foot-tall fossilized human skeleton had turned up without media fanfare, we're asked to believe that archaeologists recently dug up four of them in a single location (Greece). In point of fact, each of the photos appears to have been taken at a different time and place.

So far I've only been able to locate the original of one of them, but it serves as clear proof that Photoshopping took place. Image #4 was created by inserting an outsized human skull into a photo of a 1993 University of Chicago dinosaur dig in Niger, Africa (see the original here). If you look at a blow-up of the doctored image, the skull appears flattened and unnatural (and one of the workers actually appears to be standing on it!).

Moreover, the same cut-and-pasted skull was used to create image #2 (see side-by-side comparison). A blow-up of image #2 with brightness and contrast enhanced reveals unnaturally dark "shadows" around the skull. The skull in image #3 is marked by incongruously bright highlights on the teeth and around the edges of the gaping temple wound. And in image #1 the shadows coming off the skeleton fall more or less toward the camera, while the worker's shadow falls due left, suggesting that elements of two different photos were combined.

Finally, despite frequent references to "giants" in ancient mythology and English translations of the Bible, there is no generally accepted scientific or historical evidence that such beings ever actually existed (unless you consider the Weekly World News a reliable source).

Sources and further reading:

Were There Giants in Prehistory?
About.com: Archaeology, 11 February 2008

When Giants Roamed the Earth
Archaeology, Nov/Dec 2005

Giant Human Skeleton Found in Middle East
About.com: Urban Legends, 12 March 2010

The Cardiff Giant
The Museum of Hoaxes