Mammoths Mastodons and Man

Mammoths Mastodons and Man

Mammoths Mastodons and Man

Mammoths Mastodons and Man


The sixth chapter of Genesis, which describes the world at the time when Noah was told to build his Ark, says, “There were giants in the earth in those days.” But when Noah invited the beasts and the birds aboard the Ark, the giants were not included; and when the great Deluge came, they must have perished along with all other living things that Noah left behind.

And the waters of the flood drew back, and the earth reappeared, and it was peopled again by the children of Noah, and by the offspring of the creatures that had been taken into the Ark.

And, thousands of years later, men began to dig up the bones of the vanished giants.

About 1400, according to an English chronicler, there were found at the seashore in Essex “two teeth of a certain giant of such a huge bigness that two hundred such teeth as men have nowadays might be cut out of them.”

The discovery of a giant’s thighbone in Vienna in 1443 caused tremendous excitement throughout Austria. It was found by workmen digging the foundation for a new tower for St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A mason chiseled the year and the Austrian national motto into the colossal bone, and it was chained for a while to one of the cathedral’s doors, which afterwards was nicknamed The Giant’s Door.

In 1577 a storm toppled a large oak tree growing near Lucerne, Switzerland. Some men peering under the fallen tree’s roots caught sight of what they imagined were human bones. They brought them to the town authorities, who decided to rebury them in Lucerne’s cemetery. First, though, the bones were examined by a learned physician, Dr. Felix Platter. He pointed out that this was no ordinary skeleton; it was the remains of a giant nineteen or twenty feet tall. Since such a giant could only have lived before Noah’s Deluge, he obviously had not been a Christian, and therefore was not eligible for burial in the local graveyard. Instead the huge bones went on exhibition in the town hall of Lucerne as curiosities, and they remained on display for more than two hundred years.

Giants’ bones began to turn up in France in 1456, when a vast skull, some immense teeth, and other such things were found by the side of a river near Valence. The skull was measured at a width of two . . .

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