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No, Five Meter Tall Human Skeletons were NOT Found in Iran


Circulating report claims that Russian scientists have found 6 giant human skeletons while excavating a site in western Iran. The report features an image depicting one of the five-meter high skeleton.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are nonsense and the image is the result of digital manipulation. The message originates from the World News Daily Report, a site that publishes absurd and obviously fictional stories that it presents as news articles. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously.  Furthermore, the same image has circulated for several years in various alternative reports that claim the skeleton was discovered in Greece. The image is often included as part of a series of photoshopped images depicting giant skeletons.


Iran: Archeologists Discover 5 Meters Tall Human Skeletons

Giant Skeleton Hoax

Tehran| A group of russian archeologists working on a dig site in western Iran has made what could be the greatest discovery in decades. They have unearthed a total of six humanoid skeletons belonging to individuals that seem to each have measured more than 5 meters high.

Detailed Analysis

According to a report that is currently traversing the interwebs at a rate of knots, Russian scientists have discovered a gigantic human skeleton at an archaeological dig in Iran. In support of its claims, the report features an image depicting a massive skeleton with a scientist looking on.

The report further claims that one "Andrei Asimov", professor of archaeology and palaeoanthropology at the University of St-Petersburg, is in charge of the dig. The "professor" suggests that the find may explain many mythical stories about giant people.

However, the claims in the report are, of course, utter nonsense. The report comes courtesy of World News Daily Report, a website that specializes in publishing loads of utter drivel tricked up as news. Nothing on the website should be taken seriously.

Not surprisingly, there are no reports of such a find in any credible news or scientific publications. Naturally, if real, the find would have been of profound and far-reaching scientific significance and would have been extensively reported and discussed by news channels and scientists all around the world.

Moreover, there are no references to Andrei Asimov of the University of St-Petersburg. One would think that there would be much easily accessible information about a scientist who held such a lofty position. But the only places his name is mentioned is in incarnations of the absurd giant story.  Clearly, the good professor is just as fictional as the rest of the story.

And the image is also as equally fake as the story. It has clearly been created in Photoshop or a similar program by combining elements from two or more pictures.  A closer examination of the picture reveals that shadows from the skeleton and standing figure fall in different directions, a strong indicator that elements from two different photographs have been amalgamated.

And, tellingly, the image is often included as just one in a series of other fake giant skeleton images. In fact, the very same image has circulated in other contexts for several years. Earlier reports have claimed that the same skeleton was found in Greece rather than Iran. The versions set in Greece make no mention of mythical Russian professors, but are just as nonsensical.

In fact, photoshopped giant skeleton images have been fooling gullible Internet users for going on a decade. Many of the fake skeleton images were created for Photoshop competitions such as those organized by Worth1000.

Many people may still give some credence to ancient myths claiming that giants once walked the earth. But, regardless of your personal beliefs, you can rest assured that this fake image does not show one of these mythical giants.

Last updated: January 16, 2014
First published: January 16, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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