Claim: The skeleton of a giant human was uncovered during gas exploration in Saudi Arabia.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2004]
Recent gas exploration activity in the south east region of the Arabian desert uncovered a skeletal remains of a human of phenomenal size. This region of the Arabian desert is called the Empty Quarter, or in Arabic,
'Rab-Ul-Khalee'.The discovery was made by the Aramco Exploration team. As God states in the Quran that He had created people of phenomenal size the like of which He has not created since. These were the people of Aad where Prophet Hud was sent. They were very tall, big, and very powerful, such that they could put their arms around a tree trunk and uproot it. Later these people, who were given all the power, turned against God and the Prophet and transgressed beyond all boundaries set by God. As a result they were destroyed.
Ulema's of Saudi Arabia believe these to be the remains of the people of Aad. Saudi Military has secured the whole area and no one is allowed to enter except the ARAMCO personnel. It has been kept in secrecy, but a military helicopter took some pictures from the air and one of the pictures leaked out into the internet in Saudi Arabia. See the attachment and note the size of the two men standing in the picture in comparison to the size of the skeleton!!
Origin:Although the scriptural writings of many religions include tales of races of giant men who lived long ago, this message and its accompanying photograph are not examples of archeological proof of those accounts.
The image displayed above was taken from Worth1000 (now DesignCrowd), a site devoted to hosting contests in which entrants show off their skills at manipulating photographs using digital editing programs. This particular picture was an entry from one of the site's "
The basis for this image was a real photograph of an
A May 2007 blog entry entitled "Bhima's son Gadotkach like skeleton found" (and attributed to a
In early 2010, the same basic theme was recirculated with more hoax photos of a similar ilk. The third picture below, for example, is simply a 1993 photograph of a University of Chicago dig for dinosaur bones in Niger, into which someone has added an image of a large human skull:
Giants found in Greece? (PHOTOS)
Gen. 6: 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Greek gods of mythology?
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."
In any case, we don't need to know the specific origins of these photos to definitively determine that they're fakes. The
Last updated: 11 July 2016
Originally published: 21 June 2004
Owen, James. "'Skeleton of Giant' Is Internet Photo Hoax."
National Geographic News. 14 December 2007.