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There is evidence that an ancient Egyptian king may have been the first “GIANT” to be recorded

People from all over the world have always been amazed and interested in the Egyptian culture. From their amazing pyramids and temples to their mysterious hieroglyphics, this ancient society always has something new to teach us. But a new study has just found out some amazing things about one of Egypt’s most well-known pharaohs. Researchers think that Sa-Nakht’s claimed remains could be the oldest known human giant.

There are many stories about giants in mythology, from the frost and fire giants of Norse mythology to the Titans who fought with the gods in Greek mythology. Giants aren’t just a myth, though. When the body makes too much growth hormone, a disease called gigantism can cause a person to grow quickly and too much. Most of the time, this is caused by a growth in the pituitary gland in the brain.


Scientists looked at the remains of a body that was found in a tomb near Beit Khallaf, Egypt, in 1901. This was part of their research into mummies. Based on the study that has already been done, it is thought that these bones date back to Egypt’s Third Dynasty, which happened around 2700 BC.

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Previous research suggested that the man’s skull, which would have been up to 6 feet, 1.6 inches (1.987 meters) tall, might have belonged to Sa-Nakht, a pharaoh from the Third Dynasty. Michael Habicht, an Egyptologist at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Evolutionary Medicine and co-author of the study said that previous research on ancient Egyptian mummies showed that men were about 5 feet 6 inches (1.7 m) tall on average at this time.

Giant's Skeleton

The ancient Egyptian kings probably ate better and were healthier than the average person, so it’s possible that they were taller than average. Still, the over-6-foot-tall remains that scientists studied would have been taller than Ramesses II, the tallest ancient Egyptian king who lived more than 1,000 years after Sa-Nakht and was only about 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall, Habicht said.

In the new study, Habicht and his coworkers looked at the skull and bones that were thought to belong to Sa-Nakht again. The long bones of the skeleton showed “exuberant growth,” which they said were “clear signs of gigantism.”

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Researchers say that these results show that this ancient Egyptian probably had gigantism, making him the oldest person in the world known to have this problem. No other ancient Egyptian king or queen was known to be as tall as Ramses.

Habicht said that it is important for the field of medicine today to study how diseases have changed over time. During Egypt’s early dynasties, it seemed like short people were favored, and there were a lot of them in places of power. But it’s not clear why they like this over other things.

Researchers say that the fact that Sa-Nakht was buried with honors in a special mastaba tomb after he grew up shows that being big at the time probably did not mean being on the outside of society.

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