As I already admitted, that suggestion was based on speculation. My original theory from my OP is that the Patagonians that live today are not the same tribes of the past. They are the settlers who killed or drove off the original natives who the early explorers encountered.
Where are you getting "they were taller but not by much"? The link you provided from Princeton never suggests that an explorer describes these people as being less than 7 feet tall. In fact they all suggest that these people were most likely taller than 7 feet. Byron (who for some reason is known for debunking the myth) even states that a man of 6'2" had "become a pygmy among giants."
I've already said and have been saying: I see how Magellan's claims are clearly exaggerations. But how are Drake's? He claimed they were around 7.5 feet.
In the case of Tuscaloosa and his son there are 2 tall people in the group. There are no others. Are you claiming they were the only living members of their family? It's a father and son only? What about aunts and uncles and cousins?
Wait, what? No. I guess I should explain this more clearly. The original inhabitants of America included, but were not limited to, the genetically tall tribes. Other tribes of people migrated to America, found these "giants" and fought them for land or other reasons. Eventually the "settlers" killed and drove away most of the "giants". However, a very small and scattered number of these genetically tall people for various unknown reasons were allowed to join the tribes of the settlers, mated with the settlers and as a result planted their "genetic seeds" into these average sized tribes people. Because of the small number of these instances, a very small number of people passed on this "giant trait" so there would have only been 1, 2 or maybe 3 people of great stature. Sometimes the "giant trait" might have even skipped generations, who knows. I suggest that Tuscaloosa was so tall (maybe) because of this ancient giant trait. And I suggest that these tall 7-8 foot skeletons were of the rare people who were passed down this ancient giant trait. I hope that this is more understandable now.
Edited by Dr_Acula, 11 October 2013 - 05:03 PM.