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This 1868 Discovery On The Banks Of The Mississippi Still Mystifies People

Thanks to modern science, we have a pretty good understanding of the history of Earth. However, there is a subset of conspiracy theorists that believe giant humanoids once lived here too. While the evidence to support this theory is pretty lacking, there are a couple of glaring exceptions. Take this one particular story that made headlines back in 1868 — a ginormous skeleton was found along the banks of the Mississippi in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

The discovery of the giant bones was made by a group of workers with the Sauk Rapids Water Power Company.

At the time, the workers were quarrying for rock to build a new dam nearby when they found the bones. The burial site they found the bones in is estimated to have been 12 feet long, four feet wide, and three feet deep. The actual grave itself was found about two feet below the surface of the river.

News of the workers’ discovery spread quickly. The following headline ran in the newspaper the next day.

The skeleton measured just over ten feet tall. Those who took the measurements estimated that the giant must have weighed at least 900 pounds.

However, within days of their discovery, the massive bones were gone.

However, within days of their discovery, the massive bones were gone.

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There are a number of conflicting reports from the time about just how the bones disappeared, or if there really were any bones to begin with.

One story says that a gentleman traveling back east took the bones with him to Boston, but the remains never resurfaced.

One story says that a gentleman traveling back east took the bones with him to Boston, but the remains never resurfaced.

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So was it all a hoax, or were there real giant bones found in Sauk Rapids?

(via Amazing Universe)

More than 150 years later, the residents of Sauk Rapids still occasionally discuss the mystery of the giant skeleton. Many now think it was actually a hoax, but there are still some true believers out there…