STOCKTON, June 3 – The theory that a race of giant men once inhabited the San Joaquin Valley, advanced by Dr. J. Kroeck, professor of biology at the College of the Pacific, now is supported by new evidence.
Two railway employees, Frank Ferrara and Earl Cusilidge, have revealed the discovery of a cavern in Calaveras County littered with the remains of more than 200 skeletons, the bones of which are of unusual size.
Ferrara and Cusilidge said that skulls found in the cavern were much larger than those of the present-day race. They said that jawbones were twice the size of a normal man’s and that rib formations were nearly the size of a steer’s.
The men noted one peculiar thing – that leg bones were much smaller than those of the man of today. Dr. Kroeck believes that bones of the “giants” were in proportion.
- 1929.06.01 – Berkeley Daily Gazette