Something that I've become well aware of while both helping teach archaeological classes and my own study is a very persistent myth that the Smithsonian has hidden the remains of giant humans and there is a large cover up. Now I know this is of course incorrect for a myriad of reasons, ranging from people misidentifying prehistoric large animal remains for human fossils, the fact a 10 to 12 foot tall human with identical proportions to a normal human would not biomechanically work due to square cube law, and abundant historical and fossil evidence showing humans in the past were largely either comparable to the height they are today or were shorter. Not to mention many of these supposed giants were discovered in the late 1800s and early 1900s, times that reporters were well known for outright making up stories.. But I'm more interested in the origin of the myth rather than the myth itself.
Does anyone know who started this whole falsehood?
Source: reddit post