This story was first published on August 5, 2015
According to a report that is circulating rapidly via social media, archeologists have unearthed the largest human skeleton ever discovered.
Supposedly, the skeleton was found near Uluru in central Australia and was 5.3 meters long. The report also claims that an ancient ‘megalithic civilisation’ has been discovered at the site.
The report features images depicting the giant skeleton along with the ancient ruins of a ‘megalithic civilisation’. Some commentators have suggested that the find supports bible stories about giant humans.
But, not surprisingly, the story is utter nonsense. No such discovery has been made at Uluru or anywhere else.
The skeleton depicted in the report’s images is actually that of a mammoth found near Paris several years ago.
The bogus report comes via the fake-news website World News Daily Report (WNDR), which is notorious for churning out fanciful nonsense disguised as news. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously. The site includes the following disclaimer buried under its ‘About’ menu:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
And, the false report is just a revamped version of an earlier – and equally nonsensical – WNDR story that claimed that giant human skeletons had been found at a site in western Iran. The older version used a photoshopped image of a giant skeleton to support its spurious claims.
Moreover, the image supposedly depicting ancient ruins was featured in yet another WNDR fake-news report that claimed that an ancient city had been discovered in the Australian desert. The image actually shows the foundations of ancient pyramids discovered at Sedeinga in northern Sudan.
WNDR is just one of a growing number of fake-news websites that produce a constant stream of false stories that circulate via social media, email, and blog posts. It is wise to verify, any strange or unusual stories that come your way before you share them online. Searching via a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story is true.
5-METER TALL HUMAN SKELETON UNEARTHED IN AUSTRALIA
Alice Springs | What could be the largest human skeleton ever discovered has been unearthed by a team of archeologists from the University of Adelaide at the Uluru archeological site near Ayers rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, reports the Adelaide Herald this morning.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!