Homo Gardarensis: An Ancient Hominid in North America?
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In the year of 1929, an archaeological dig near Gardar Greenland unearthed a bizarre discovery. A massive skull and mandible was discovered, and described by Professor F.C.C. Hansen of the University of Copenhagen.
F.C.C. Hansen (a professor in anthropology) had noticed the peculiarity of these bones and felt that they were of a different species of human than Homo Sapiens. Hansen named this hominid "Homo Gardarensis" and related it to ancient human species such as the "Rhodesian Man" (Homo rhodesiensis). The great size of the Homo Gardarensis skull and mandible was said to be astonishing, and estimates put this hominid at possibly six feet six inches to seven feet tall! Because of this, the finds have also been compared to Homo Heidelburgensis (a European hominid which may have grown to seven feet tall). Claims of the Gardar mandible being larger than Homo Heidelbergensis jaws also exist, but it is unknown if these are valid or not.
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