Nephilim giants once walked the Earth — history or hoax?

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Excavation of giant skeleton in Mexico, according to American researcher and author L.A. Marzulli, though some call this image a fake.

Talk of giants once roaming Earth is bound to foment passionate discussion between those who believe it and those who think it’s a fairytale. The debate starts with the Bible stating in Genesis 6:4: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also afterwards, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”

Those “giants” were Nephilim — fallen angels — their existence supported by many other Bible passages. Some say Goliath was one of their descendants.

The ancient Jewish historian Josephus wrote that when the Israelites moved their camp to Hebron, they encountered “the race of giants, who had bodies so large, and countenances so entirely different from other men, that they were surprising to the sight, and terrible to the hearing.”

Throughout recorded history, there have been legends about giants among cultures worldwide, including Japan, Indonesia, Australian Aborigines, India, Islam, Greece, Rome, Britain, Norse and other European countries, as well as the U.S. — especially among Native Americans.

Fast-forward to modern times:

Archeological evidence of giants however is still a subject of spirited debate among scientists, theologians and others.

Countless newspaper articles in the 1800s and early 1900s tell of human skeletons being found throughout the world — some even in Idaho. Tallest reported was 36 feet.

And curiously among many of those reports is the recurring claim that the giant skeletons were sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and mysteriously disappeared.

Why isn’t the public demanding that the Smithsonian put those artifacts on display? And what about all those newspaper reports?

National Geographic News debunks that there ever were giants the sizes reported and shifts the discussion to gigantism, which they correctly say “is extremely rare, today affecting about three people in a million worldwide. The condition begins in childhood, when a malfunctioning pituitary gland causes abnormal growth.”

Typical of early reports was an 1871 story in the Toronto Daily Telegraph that said, “Rev. Nathaniel Wardell, Messers Orin Wardell (of Toronto), and Daniel Fredenburg were digging on the farm of the latter gentleman, which is on the banks of the Grand River, in the township of Cayuga.

“When they got to five or six feet below the surface, a strange sight met them. Piled in layers, one upon top of the other, were some two hundred skeletons of human beings nearly perfect…men of gigantic stature, some of them measuring nine feet, very few of them being less than seven feet.”

In Atlanta, Ga., “The Banner” on May 6, 1884, told of Smithsonian scientists finding giant skeletons in an Indian burial mound: “The stones were removed, when in a kind of vault beneath them, the skeleton of a giant, who measured seven feet two inches, was found.”

The article further noted, “All the relics were carefully packed and sent to the Smithsonian Institution, and are said to be the most interesting collection ever found in America.”

A story with a Boise dateline appeared in the Newport Miner on March 17, 1910, headlined “Prehistoric Bones Found.” The article said, “Unmoved, untouched and unseen for hundreds of years and hidden in the recesses of a deep cave 25 miles north of Shoshone, Lincoln County in Southern Idaho is the skeletons (sic) of a giant, ten feet tall evidently of prehistoric origin.

“It was recently discovered by a hunting party from this city. Corroborated proof the members are now exhibiting the rusty worn flint lock barrel of what appears to be an ancient gun weighing between 25 (and) 30 pounds resembling a rifle….beside the skeleton.

“These bones will be taken out of the cave at the earliest possible date and carefully forwarded to the Smithsonian Institute.”

The New York Times on March 17, 1924, published a story from Lewiston, “A huge skeleton, believed to be that of a prehistoric human being has been discovered in Salmon River Country by two members of the State Highway Dept., who brought their find to the City.

“Belief that the person was of an herbivorous race was expressed owing to the peculiar formation of the jaws and teeth. Both the upper and lower jaws each had only ten teeth, all of which were intact.” Physicians said the skeleton was a woman more than 8 feet tall, and the bones also supposedly sent to the Smithsonian for study.

Though there are plenty of newspaper reports of finding giant human skeletons, Time Magazine wrote in 1994 that “Yet despite more than a century of digging, the fossil record remains maddeningly sparse. With so few clues, even a single bone that doesn’t fit into the picture can upset everything. Virtually every major discovery has put deep cracks in the conventional wisdom and forced scientists to concoct new theories, amid furious debate.”

A common claim among many of the stories is that the artifacts were shipped off to the Smithsonian, sometimes accused of destroying them. Smithsonian denies all of this, and scholars seem to be divided on the issue.

Why would the Smithsonian destroy such spectacular artifacts — if they did in fact receive them? And why aren’t they on display? Where are they? Why doesn’t the Smithsonian want to talk about it?

Could the Smithsonian have re-classified donated bones as animal fossils?

The answers to those questions pits Darwinian evolutionist against creationists, and provides a hot topic for conspiracy theorists, while movie-goers will remember the final scene of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), when the Ark of the Covenant disappears into a mammoth Smithsonian storage facility — never to be seen again.

One Nevada report said, “The Smithsonian Institute are very keen to hide many discoveries, as it would mean all the books would have to be rewritten and they are very much aware of this — it would also mean academia had it wrong…and they refuse to simply acknowledge that the nature of archaeology is such that as we make new discoveries we need to update with reference to new findings.”

Researcher, author and lecturer L.A. Marzulli — whose writings about giants are outside of mainstream academic thinking and no doubt has his detractors — visited UCLA to examine ancient skeletal remains. “I wasn’t looking for Native Americans. I was looking for an unknown race of beings and perhaps, according to my theory the remains of the Nephilim, who I believed migrated here from the Levant thousands of years ago to escape being destroyed by the armies of Joshua and Israel.”

National Geographic has also been defending itself over the giants for a long time, in 2007 declaring:

“The National Geographic Society has not discovered ancient giant humans, despite rampant reports and pictures…A digitally altered photograph created in 2002 shows a reclining giant surrounded by a wooden platform — with a shovel-wielding archaeologist thrown in for scale. By 2004, the ‘discovery’ was being blogged and emailed all over the world — ‘Giant Skeleton Unearthed!’—and it’s been enjoying a revival.”

Dr. Greg Little, another noted researcher and author on the subject chides the Smithsonian’s stance on the issue of giants, writing in 2014 in “AP Magazine,”

“I don’t see the Smithsonian as being in a conspiracy in the true definition of the word. I see it as a sort of stupidity in the sense that they have ignored an aspect of their own findings that the public sees as intriguing.

“Instead of engaging the public, they alienate it. I also see that American archaeology resents all outsiders, resists all beliefs that go against their beliefs, and they utilize skeptics as a sort of police force to silence critics and others. From a psychological standpoint, they are doing battle with their own shadow. It is a battle that can’t be won.”

The claim of giants once roaming the Earth cannot be easily rejected — in addition to bones, and artifacts such as tools so large that only a powerful giant man could use them, there are too many oral traditions around the world that talk about them.

And the Bible says the giants were here.

Skeptics and believers will no doubt continue to debate the Nephilim story for a very long time — and that’s a good thing.


Syd Albright is a writer and journalist living in Post Falls. Contact him at Thanks to Jim Pearl, Ph.D., for research assistance.

Other giants—legend and real…

Atlas was one of the Titans in Greek mythology who lost a battle with the god Zeus and was punished by having to carry the earth on his shoulders for eternity.

Paul Bunyan, a mythical American folk hero was a gentle giant of the north woods who was taller than the trees and whose footprints when filled with water became the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota.

Perhaps most famous of the giants was the nine-foot tall real-life Goliath, the Philistine warrior killed by the shepherd boy David, later king of the Israelites.

A member of Goliath's family is said to have had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—a physical characteristic also mentioned about giants in other cultures.


World’s tallest man…

Guinness World Records says the tallest man ever was Robert Pershing Wadlow (1918-1940) from Illinois who stood 8-foot-11.1—contradicting claims that there were giants on earth as tall as 36 feet. He ate 8000 calories of food per day, weighed 439 lbs., and wore a size 25 ring and shoes 18.5 inches long.

Photos of giants larger than him that flood Internet sources are considered fakes by a plethora of scholars and skeptics—the deception made easy by Hollywood, and by anyone else with Photoshop image-editing software.


Did Lincoln believe in giants?

The eyes of that species of extinct Giant, whose bones fill the Mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.

--– Abraham Lincoln, 1848


Pollsters weigh in…

According to a 2014 Gallup survey, "More than four in 10 Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago, a view that has changed little over the past three decades. Half of Americans believe humans evolved, with the majority of these saying God guided the evolutionary process."


History or hoax?

Article reader comment: “The answer is simple—read the biblical account in Genesis 6:4. This started long ago, so why does the Smithsonian want to cover it up or deny it? It’s because that would mess up their millions of years evolution theory and their belief that you came from a monkey.”



Nephilim Annunaki and the Sumarian giant skeletons, according to YouTube.



Battle between David and Goliath the Philistine who is reported to have been nine feet tall and a descendant of the Nephilim.



Robert P. Wadlow (1918-1840), tallest man in the world according to Guinness World Records at 8-foot-11.1, and weighing 439 pounds; his size usually caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland (“gigantism”).



Map shows location of more than 1,000 excavations of alleged giant human skeletons in U.S. and Mexico.



Chart of questionable veracity showing sizes of alleged giants excavated.



Archeological site in Iran showing Persian King Darius and captives, exaggerating his size to glorify his stature.



Grave Creek Mound in West Virginia — one of many Indian burial mounds scattered across the United States — was first excavated in 1838 by amateurs who found giant human skeletons inside as long as eight feet.



Another “giant” photo believed to be a hoax.

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