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  • Rick Osmon
    Angus McGaskil was 7 9 , born in Scotland, lived in Halifax, NS, and his skeleton is on display next to that of General Tom Thumb , who was 22 tall. Both
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2013
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      Angus McGaskil was 7'9", born in Scotland, lived in Halifax, NS, and his skeleton is on display next to that of "General Tom Thumb", who was 22" tall. Both those men appeared together in P T Barnum's circus in life. McGaskil was not a "pituitary" or "medical" giant, he was just that big and born of "normal" parents. 
      Columbus' log tells of the Caribs coming out to meet the tiny fleet in ocean-going canoes longer than the Pinta and manned at a hundred per canoe. The Caribs, according to Columbus, were (paraphrased) at least a full head taller than the tallest of Columbus' sailors. 

      Alan King Moorehead, the grand daddy of "scientific" archaeology recorded several 7 footers from mounds. Funkhauser did too. The New York Times ran a story (no longer in their archives, incidentally, though it was in there 3 years ago) describing the giant, 8' 3" skeleton that was on (newly, then) display at the Peabody Museum in March 1891.

      TED Talks needs to get some new researchers.
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