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Earliest Evidence of Gigantism-Like Disease Found in 3,800-Year-Old California Skeleton
Western DIgs ^ | March 24, 2014 | Blake de Pastino

Posted on 04/01/2014 4:28:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The remains of a man buried 3,800 years ago in a richly decorated California grave bear some unusual but unmistakable features — a protruding brow, a lantern jaw, thick leg and arm bones, and teeth so crowded together that at one point they erupt in rows three deep.

According to a new study of the ancient skeleton, they are signs of acromegaly, a rare disorder of the endocrine system that’s similar to gigantism.

The California man is among the very few examples of acromegaly ever found in the archaeological record, and it’s the oldest ever identified, according to Dr. Eric Bartelink, a physical anthropologist at California State University, Chico...

Acromegaly has only been identified definitively at two other archaeological sites in North America, Bartelink said: in the remains of a male buried in New Mexico about 600 years ago, and an unsexed 1,100-year-old skull found in Illinois...

The man, believed to have been in his mid-30s at the time of his death, was found in a burial mound with 176 other bodies near the Central Valley town of Elk Grove...

In the case of Burial 37, the body was daubed with red ochre on the head, chest, pelvis, left elbow, and on both hands and feet. The grave was festooned with 48 beads made from the shells of Olivella sea snails, and another 7 ornaments crafted from abalone...

(Excerpt) Read more at westerndigs.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: acromegaly; ancientautopsies; burial37; california; gigantism; godsgravesglyphs; redochre; windmiller
The skull of the man found in the site known as Burial 37 bears the distinct marks of acromegaly, new research finds. The black arrow indicates where the man’s right eye tooth erupted just below his nose. (Photo by Eric Bartelink/Phoebe Hearst Museum)

The skull of the man found in the site known as Burial 37 bears the distinct marks of acromegaly, new research finds. The black arrow indicates where the man’s right eye tooth erupted just below his nose. (Photo by Eric Bartelink/Phoebe Hearst Museum)

1 posted on 04/01/2014 4:28:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 04/01/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: SunkenCiv

Genetic Abnormality or Nephilium survivor?


3 posted on 04/01/2014 4:29:40 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: SunkenCiv

Have they notified Kerry yet that they had found his ancestor? Any evidence the he was also involved in a Asian land war. or relics like heart shaped purple stones?


4 posted on 04/01/2014 4:32:59 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: GraceG

That’s what I’m wondering.


5 posted on 04/01/2014 4:33:43 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: SunkenCiv
The black arrow indicates where the man’s right eye tooth erupted just below his nose.

That had to hurt like hell. I wonder if there are any other animals that so typically have dental issues?

6 posted on 04/01/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: GraceG
Acromegaly still occurs, although rarely. It is not simply an ancient condition; and the hormonal imbalances causing it are well known.
7 posted on 04/01/2014 4:33:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SunkenCiv

I was kind of hoping they’d give his height. I’m sure from the skeleton they could ascertain it.

When I read I Claudius he mentioned there was an island with a man who was 11 feet tall on it. He said the man was very thin and weak but the accounts I have read when they mention gigantism never mention anyone growing to this extraordinary height in those days.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 4:34:18 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

SF Giants coulda used him.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 4:36:15 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Beowulf9

It would interesting to see if that was from an ancient source, or something Robert Graves cooked up for fun.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 4:39:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: GraceG
Genetic Abnormality or Nephilim survivor?

That is exactly what I was wondering.

11 posted on 04/01/2014 4:39:46 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: SunkenCiv
The man was part of a hunter-gatherer culture known as the Windmiller, one of the earliest sedentary societies in the Central Valley, usually identified by its distinct burial practices, Bartelink said.

3800 years ago? That is old. I had never heard of the "Windmiller" man.
The Kennewick man (Caucasian, not Asian) was thought to be the first homo sapiens sapiens in the new world. They hunted the giant mastodons.

Learn something new every day.

12 posted on 04/01/2014 4:39:57 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv

Looks like he was killed by a blow to the head.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 4:39:59 PM PDT by Varda
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To: SunkenCiv

Si-Te-Cah! The legends are true!


14 posted on 04/01/2014 4:42:06 PM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: cloudmountain

I’m just glad they were able to study it.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 4:42:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: Beowulf9

The article says that he was 5’5”. He had acromegaly, not gigantism.


16 posted on 04/01/2014 4:45:33 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: cloudmountain

Kennewick wasn’t caucasion, that was a misidentification by someone who didn’t know he was dealing with a very old skeleton. This skeleton is about 4000 years younger.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 4:48:31 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Mark17

I wonder what the sutures look like.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 4:52:37 PM PDT by mountainlion
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To: Flag_This

:’)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Si-Te-Cah


19 posted on 04/01/2014 4:54:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: Varda

Could also be from the shovel when the skull was dug up.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 4:58:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: Marie
The article says that he was 5’5”.

His growth abnormality was just getting started.

Interesting that he was buried face up.

And then there's this...

A few aspects of the burial were “interesting,” however, including the fact that the man was buried face-up, instead of prone, and with his head oriented north rather than the west, like most others interred in the mound.
Those who buried him thought him to be from either a different tribe...or a different specie.

Nephilim.

21 posted on 04/01/2014 5:00:03 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (My tagline was hacked by the NSA.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I guess the original find could have been by someone accidentally hitting the skeleton with a shovel. Once the site was handed over to the archaeologists this kind of damage wouldn't happen.

I know that it's common for archaic era skeletons to show signs of a violent life and death. That made me think of the hole as the cause of death.

22 posted on 04/01/2014 5:09:38 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Varda

Archaeologists are not always too careful either. We should keep in mind that the skull was apparently buried under something for a long, long time. Lucky it survived at all.


23 posted on 04/01/2014 5:23:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: SunkenCiv
The black arrow indicates where the man’s right eye tooth erupted just below his nose.

Would it really have been a great technical difficulty to have used a brighter color for the arrow?

24 posted on 04/01/2014 5:25:36 PM PDT by fso301
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To: SunkenCiv

Once a site is designated for excavation, the tools used wouldn’t produce this kind of damage. I suppose if the skeleton was found from a test hole it could be damaged. There would be very low odds of finding anything in a test hole but I do recall someone pulling an adze out of a test hole.


25 posted on 04/01/2014 5:35:02 PM PDT by Varda
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To: fso301

I guess you’ll have to take it up with them.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 5:57:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nephilim Alert


27 posted on 04/01/2014 7:41:17 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: SunkenCiv

For e last time, I wasn’t involved. The ACME Instant Gigantism syringe found near the skeleton is purely circumstantial evidence!


28 posted on 04/01/2014 8:43:23 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: SunkenCiv

“It would interesting to see if that was from an ancient source, or something Robert Graves cooked up for fun.”

I would like to know that as well but it seemed rather buried in the story. Just one sentence, I believe in a letter written to Claudius. I have never seen a reference to it otherwise.


29 posted on 04/03/2014 3:23:33 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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