Not True: Smithsonian Admits to Destroying Giant Skeletons

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A fake article is circulating with claims that the Smithsonian has admitted to destroying thousands of giant skeletons since the early 1900’s.

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Not True

This phony write-up comes from satire site World News Daily Report. The bogus column states that the Smithsonian Institution was compelled into releasing confidential documents which revealed that officials had destroyed thousands of 6-12 foot skeletal remains discovered throughout North America in order to preserve the scientifically accepted view of history. According to the fictional article, the institution released the papers after losing a legal case ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court. Included in the article are several false quotes attributed to a “James Churward” and “Hans Guttenberg” as well as some details of the imaginary court case.


World News Daily Report consistently takes photos from random websites and reuses them for their fictitious stories.

The first photo of skulls on a shelf with a quarter (seemingly to demonstrate scale) is actually from a 2008 appearance of Stephen Quayle on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory. Quayle appears to be a conspiracy theorist who believes that the existence of giants is being covered up by the government. The picture was provided to Coast to Coast AM by Quayle, who claimed that the photograph came to him from an anonymous source.

The origin of the second photo which purportedly shows a man standing beside a giant 47″ femur bone is harder to establish. It is an image that has been widely circulated on the internet for over a decade. Most captions of the picture simply say that it was a giant humanoid femur bone found in Turkey. It is possible that the bone in this photograph is from a large mammal or dinosaur, but the main point is that it is not a giant femur bone discovered in Ohio in 2011 as the World News Daily Report article claims. A blog post by Ken Summers does a good job of debunking several photos of giant skeletons, and he even addresses the picture of the man standing beside the 47″ femur bone.

World News Daily Report

There is a disclaimer posted at the top of every World News Daily Report page. This disclaimer has been quoted below in its entirety:

World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.

Fringe Archaeology

The timing of this World News Daily Report story is interesting, as there seems to be a growing peripheral interest in the existence of ancient giants. For example, History Channel recently aired a new show entitled Search for the Lost Giants. Belief in antiquated giants seems to be a fringe-conviction that is not supported by mainstream scientists and archaeologists. Acceptance of this view may be based on the biblical assertion that giants were once present on the earth (the nephilim of Genesis 6:4)  and/or other mythological tales of extremely large people that are present in the traditions of various cultures.

Some readers may find the story of the Cardiff Giant to be interesting.


The Smithsonian has not admitted to destroying the skeletons of thousands of human giants since the early 1900’s.  The fictional article which made this claims comes from satire site World News Daily Report.

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