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« on: August 21, 2017, 07:47:14 pm »

Egyptian pharaoh may be first known 'giant'
Posted on Monday, 7 August, 2017 |

Sa-Nakht was a prominent figure during the Third Dynasty. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Jerzy Strzelecki
The well-preserved skeleton of Sa-Nakht, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, shows clear evidence of gigantism.
Tales of giants have been cropping up in cultures all across the world for thousands of years, but now a new study has revealed what is perhaps the earliest known true giant - a pharaoh in ancient Egypt known as Sa-Nakht who stood 6ft tall, a size that at the time would have been truly monstrous.

First discovered at a tomb in Beit Khallaf in 1901, the skeleton of this ancient ruler has since been dated back around 4,700 years to the Third Dynasty of Egypt.

A recent analysis of his bones has revealed evidence of gigantism - a condition responsible for abnormal, runaway growth, most often caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland.

This makes Sa-Nakht the earliest known case of this disease and the first known true 'giant'.

"Studying the evolutionary development of diseases is of importance for today's medicine," said study co-author Michael Habicht from the University of Zurich's Institute of Evolutionary Medicine.

https://www.livescience.com/60044-ancient-egyptian-pharaoh-first-human-giant.html
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