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.