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Measure Your Giant Carefully And His Size Will Shrink

Ongoing controversy over a hobbitlike hominid.

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February 24, 1934 | Vol. 25 | No. 672

Measure Your Giant Carefully And His Size Will Shrink

The American public may scoff a bit at fairies, but it would like very much to believe in giants.

At least, so it appears from the thin but steady stream of letters received at the Smithsonian Institution.

Every month in the year brings these letters. They come from people eager to tell that they have found the bones of a race of seven or eight foot giants that stalked about the countryside in the ancient times.

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If you come across something that looks mightily like a giant, therefore, pause and consider these points on the anatomy of giants vs. ordinary mortals, as explained by Dr. Ales Hrdlicka, the Smithsonian’s curator

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