Sa-Nakht was a prominent figure during the Third Dynasty. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Jerzy Strzelecki
The well-preserved skeleton of Sa-Nakht, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, shows clear evidence of gigantism.
Tales of giants have been cropping up in cultures all across the world for thousands of years, but now a new study has revealed what is perhaps the earliest known true giant - a pharaoh in ancient Egypt known as Sa-Nakht who stood 6ft tall, a size that at the time would have been truly monstrous.
First discovered at a tomb in Beit Khallaf in 1901, the skeleton of this ancient ruler has since been dated back around 4,700 years to the Third Dynasty of Egypt.
A recent analysis of his bones has revealed evidence of gigantism - a condition responsible for abnormal, runaway growth, most often caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland.
This makes Sa-Nakht the earliest known case of this disease and the first known true 'giant'.
"Studying the evolutionary development of diseases is of importance for today's medicine," said study co-author Michael Habicht from the University of Zurich's Institute of Evolutionary Medicine.
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