Were Giant Skeletons Found in the Middle East?



A forwarded email circulating since March 2004 claims that a gas exploration activity in the southeast region of the Arabian desert uncovered skeletal remains of "a human of phenomenal size." This claim is a hoax.

Giant Skeletons Tall Tale

What are the odds that a real archaeological discovery as mind-boggling as giant skeletons unearthed in the deserts of Saudi Arabia would go completely unreported in the mainstream media? Zero. No such discovery was made.

The above below first surfaced in October 2002 as an entry in a Photoshop contest run by the website Worth1000.com. It was created by altering an actual photo of a Cornell University excavation of a mastodon skeleton to make it appear that the fossilized bones belong to a 25-foot-tall human being. The text is bogus as well, obviously. The version below began circulating with the image in March 2004.

Quran Origins

The story of the Prophet Hud and the people of Aad (also spelled A'ad or 'Ad) indeed comes from the Quran, which mentions the Aad's "great" or "tall" stature among their peers—interpreted more literally by some as meaning they were actually gargantuan in size.

This and other fake photographs purporting to show the discovery of giant fossilized skeletons have also circulated under the pretext of documenting the existence of the Nephilim, an ancient race of supposed giants mentioned in the Bible.

Needless to say, no real archaeological evidence of humans this large has ever been discovered.

Sample Email About Giant Human Skeletons

Here's an email contributed by Liane on April 19, 2004:

Subject: [Fwd: Interesting discovery]
FYI. Just got this email, check it out:
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. God states in the Quran that He had created people of phenomenal size the likes of which He has not created since. These were the people of Aad where Prophet Hud was sent. They were very tall, big and 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.
Ulemas 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!

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