posted on May, 8 2013 @ 11:48 AM
Originally posted by Byrd
Originally posted by Plugin
Originally posted by Byrd
Originally posted by amazing
reply to post by Hanslune
Fair enough, but what do you think the tallest functioning human form could be? 9 ft? And by saying that it wouldn't look human if it were taller,
are we talking like much thicker bones and legs for starters, say more of a caricature of a human form would be enough to make it functional?
About 9 feet tall. At that point (and there are a few that height) the diameter of the bones versus height and weight is simply not sufficient --
their ankles and feet develop problems and their bones often break under the weight of their body (remember, it's a lot of weight pressing down on a
small area about an inch or two in diameter. They tend to die very young. Andre the Giant (at 7'4") died at the relatively young age of 50 from
heart failure -- a common problem in giants.
I think this is a non-issue. Your example was a syndrome.
Just look at 'other' giant mamals in the past. They did just fine with being so large. If they adopt and grow large, everything will adapt, so
stronger bones and muscles.
The large forms (I work in a paleontology lab, so I've reviewed evidence) are not the same as the smaller forms -- as Hans pointed out. A dachshund,
for instance, can't be bred to be 3 feet high at the shoulder (with the same proportions -- the dog at that point would be well over 10 feet long.)
The shape of lizard and crocodilian skeletons means that they can be very long but not as tall as a horse (because their legs aren't under them, but
are splayed to the side of their bodies.)
As Hans said, if you managed to get a human that was 12 feet tall, changes in the skeleton would make them look not-very-human.
.... species of modern mamals where appearing, but they where very very tiny, basicly the environment was kinda toxic back then which did not
support normal sized animals and so you had in the past also an enviroment which was very very healthy basicly and so mamals grew like
First... not all species of mammals are large -- in fact, most species are much smaller than humans. Second, environmental changes meant the
environment was "toxic" at various times for various types of mammals. We still have giants today like the grizzly bear, elephants, pandas, giraffes,
and so forth.
but for me it would be just rather odd you didnt had a giant race of humans somewhere at some time just like most from modern day mamals which
had giants versions in the past.
There are quite a lot of mammals which don't have giant forms, including mice, shrews, dogs, wolves (dire wolf was actually smaller than a Great
Dane), horses (today's horse is the largest that the species has ever been), sheep, goats, platypuses, ocelots, tigers, leopards, gazelles, many
breeds of deer, otters, and so on and so forth.
Most extinct but giant relatives of modern mammals where just pretty much in the same proportions! just look at the giant deer, camel (only just
recently found), crocodile or even the great white shark which was once Megalodon, it was just a giant white shark, it looked exactly the same only
way way bigger.
They where in pretty much the same proportions! but at least 2x bigger then today's still alive versions.
So why wouldn't a human get 2 or even 3 times as big when many different mamals did just fine, with no difference in the way they looked (the same
proportions), only bigger > giant versions.
Of course when you breed a dog, it's not natural, we made many different dogs with interbreeding with different species to make them small or bigger
and of course this way you will reach a limit with how big/tall or small/tiny.
It's just not excactly known why they grew that large or even tiny but general speaking they didn't come alone, where basicly they all went in giant
or in tiny versions and perhaps in the future again.
The last mammoths died out just 3600 years ago! (at least untill found some bones, before that they thought differently/not possible)
) basicly just giant versions of today's still
So why not some giant race of humans somewhere, where only myths/great stories remain.
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