A Human Skeleton Thirteen Feet in Height Exhumed in Wisconsin.
Believing the discovery made this morning on the farm of Mr. Stanley of interest to your readers, I send you the following facts, as I chanced to be a spectator. Today, as the hired help of Mr. Stanley were digging for the purpose of laying the foundation of a barn, they struck a large bone that had the appearance of a human skull, but of such enormous size that they thought it must belong to some animal. It was found in a slight mound on the east side of a hill overlooking Rock River, and in the town of Janesville, section SIX. Dr. Towndrow, gentleman of fortune, happened to be passing as the workmen were cleaning the dirt from the skull, and at their request got over the fence and examined it, and pronounced it as belonging to the human family. The men fell to work and exhumed the entire skeleton. It was found in a fair state of preservation. The skull measured thirty-two and a half inches in circumference and the thigh bones forty-four and a half inches in length. The doctor thought that when living, he could not have been less than thirteen feet in height. The teeth were all in the jaws and were of enormous size. The doctor extracted one, which measured one and a half inches in length. The most remarkable part of this strange discovery is the fact that the lower limbs, from near the knee to near the end of the toes, are entirely petrified, the flesh having changed to stone and the parts being perfect in shape. As he was buried in a sitting posture, the doctor thought that the action of the lower strata of the soil produced this marvelous change. Dr. Towndrow promptly offered Mr. Stanley $10,000 for the skeleton, which Mr. Stanley promptly accepted. The doctor will arrange the bones in position when he will exhibit it. The news of the discovery flew with the wind, and the neighbors came in and viewed these monster remains. The doctor boxed his prize and sends it north this afternoon. I write in a hurry and have failed to give you a very graphic account of these giant remains. Dr. Towndrow’s home is in Neosho, Dodge County.
An incredible discovery was made in Wisconsin – the exhumation of a human skeleton measuring at least thirteen feet in height. This finding should have revolutionized our understanding of human history. The skeleton was found in a fair state of preservation, with the lower limbs entirely petrified. The teeth were of enormous size, and the thigh bones were an astonishing forty-four and a half inches in length.
However, the most remarkable part of this discovery is the fact that the lower limbs have changed to stone, and the parts are still in perfect shape. This phenomenon may be caused by the lower strata of the soil where it was buried, and it provides an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to study and analyze.
Dr. Towndrow, a gentleman of fortune, offered $10,000 to Mr. Stanley for the skeleton, which was promptly accepted. The doctor plans to exhibit the bones after arranging them in position. It is of utmost importance to preserve these unique skeletons for scientific research and understanding.
We must be mindful of the mishandling and loss of such precious finds in the past, which have resulted in irrevocable damage to our knowledge of human history. Therefore, I urge everyone to come together and ensure that this giant skeleton is properly studied and preserved in the future for the betterment of science and humanity.
Let us not miss future once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn more about our past and our origins. The implications of this discovery and others are immense, and it is up to us to ensure that they are not lost.
- A Human Skeleton Thirteen Feet in Height Exhumed in Wisconsin. (Milton (August 22) correspondence Milwaukee Sentinel.)
- Wisconsin, Rock County – The New York Herald, 1870