According to the Bible, David managed to beat the giant Goliath with a sling, thus becoming the second Hebrew monarch. The truth of this myth, which might be difficult to assimilate for many people, was confirmed and reinforced by the discovery of a clay vase containing the oldest Philistine inscriptions found so far.
The artifact – which was found by university archaeologists in Tell es-Safi, Israel in early November 2005 – contains the non-Semitic names of “Alwt and Wlt” in proto-Canaanite inscriptions. These names, according to Professor Aaron Demsky, are similar to the archaic letters that composed the name of Goliath. As reported by the studies carried out, this object is authentic, since it was made only one hundred years after David was alive.
This finding seems to be another missing puzzle piece of a theory that the anthropological and archaeological community has long kept in the dark. This theory arguments that three different human species of different sizes and antiquity coexisted: giants, current human beings, and dwarves.
There is so much evidence that has been compiled in favor of this theory that scientists have had to make a lot of effort to “turn a blind eye” and stand by the vastly accepted linear evolution scheme.
For starters, the existence of a race of “hobbits” – men with an average height of 3.3 feet – went from legend to reality in the fall of 2004, when a group of researchers discovered bones belonging to small human beings in Indonesia. This species would have lived with the existing human species as recently as 12,000 years ago.
Although this species was declared extinct on the basis of the found remains, some hypotheses suggested that some “hobbit” descendants might have survived and are still living in the remote Indonesian jungles.
But what is unknown to the public is that new fossils of men as tall as three ordinary humans have been found in the last century all around the globe. There are so many, in fact, that we will only be able to analyze some cases superficially.
Perhaps the most popular and scientifically recognized case is that of the “Java Giant” that lived more than 300,000 years ago in Southern China. In the southern portion of the same nation remains of a similar human, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, were also found.
Polydactyly – a condition where someone has an abnormal number of fingers or toes – seemed to be common among this race of men. A biblical passage reads: “And there was still another battle at Gath, where there was a man of great stature with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot— twenty-four in all. He too was descended from Rapha.” (2 Samuel 21:20)
A similar case occurred in a cave in Atyueca, in the former Soviet Union, where skeletons of polydactyl men who measured between 9.1 and 9.9 feet were found.
According to recent archaeological records, similar cases could be traced to the tombs of Chenini, in Tunisia, where the remains of beings as tall as 9.9 feet were found; the tomb of Bradford, in the United States, found in 1880, which stored skeletons that measured more than 9.1 feet and presented strange cranial prominences in the form of horns; footprints dating back to the Cretaceous period in the Glen Rose formation, Texas, which measured 21.5 inches in length and 5.5 inches in width, and were strikingly found next to the traces of a brontosaurus. Other cases included the young giants of Lixus, who at 11 years of age were 7.2 feet tall, and finally, the skeletal remains found in Garós, in the mountainous system of Urbasa, in Castile, Medinaceli, León, Cantabria, and other territories in Spain.
According to archeological records, the largest giant ever found was 17 feet tall, and was unearthed in 1956 in Gargayan, Philippines. His incisors were two inches wide and six inches long. It is estimated that in life, this man could have reached 131 feet in height.
The remains of these species are not only limited to biological proof – some explorers have come across massive human tools. Four miles from Safita, Syria, archaeologists have unheartened hand axes weighing more than 8 pounds. In Morocco 17.5-pound double-edged axes and rock picks that measured 12.5 inches in length and 8.6 inches in width and weighted 9.2 pounds were discovered. Given these tools’ massive size, it is safe to conclude that they could have only been manipulated by beings of an extraordinary size.
Other than the legends – which certainly abound – tools, and giant bones, there is another factor that the supporters of the three human races theory propose as a valid argument to prove their existence: the megalithic monuments of enormous sizes that can be found erected in almost all of Earth’s continents.
Considering that currently there are no means to move rocks as big in magnitude as those that form the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge or Easter Island’s Maoi, in Chile, suspicions might arise.
It is true that, nowadays, some of these massive rocks could be moved by the machinery that we have recently developed, but that fails to address the following question: How did ancient human beings achieve it? Perhaps, the answer can be found within the existence of Goliath’s race.
But accepting the fact that modern humans might have coexisted until very recently with dwarves and giants would mean that scientists might need to tear down a number of established theories, and start from scratch.
In fact, it could be argued that there is plenty of evidence, but it seems that not a lot of scientists are dedicated to studying it. History seems to have proven again and again that even though popular myths tend to enclose a grain of truth, the pseudoscience of partiality still persists and triumphs, making everyone dismiss them.
For example, there is a Chinese exhibition which has long proclaimed what most scientists have dismissed as ridiculous: the existence of a hobbit.
This exhibition argues that 100,000 years ago the gods created the three human species to see which one would adapt to Earth’s environment. It is said that for the dwarves, Earth was too big, and for the giants, it was too small, and it didn’t have enough resources. Therefore, in the span of 50,000 years, both species became extinct.
According to this exhibition, the species that laid in the middle – the one who adapted better to this world – is the species that is currently populating the planet. It also claims that a few giants managed to survive hidden away, and the last of its kind died a century ago.
The same goes for the dwarves, who allegedly went into hiding for fear of being eliminated. Some of their descendants may still survive to this day. Surprisingly, this exhibition – that has also started to gain attraction in the West – reveals data very similar to that obtained through scientific studies.
In conclusion, the legends of dwarves and giants that were depicted in virtually every ethnic group’s folkloric tales have finally transcended from myth to actual proof of existence.
If we were willing to face this new reality, to take courage and to demolish the safe refuge of what we were taught, surely several questions would come to the surface of our mind: How did three different human species have co-existed in ancient times? Were they hostile or friendly toward each other? Did they help or ignore each other? What social structures did they form? Would it have been possible for the hobbits to be the race that adapted the best? What about the giants? How many more myths that were told throughout history are waiting to be revealed as reality with concrete evidence?
The truth is: it’s impossible to know. Meanwhile, we can only keep walking slowly, along the narrow path that science is building. From now on, we should be careful not to dismiss another “myth” so easily – it might just be real.