Giant skeleton, the image of the snake is from an art exhibition


The claim: a skeleton found in 2017 belongs to a giant who fought a snake

High-profile social media hoax claims the existence of giants. But the evidence shows that there is not much to the story.

In September, USA TODAY debunked a false claim that thousands of giant skeletons were found but destroyed by the Smithsonian and the Vatican. The National Geographic Society had been fighting the hoax since 2004.

A more recent version of the hoax indicates that another giant skeleton has been found, this time in Thailand.

“The skeleton of this giant was discovered in November 2017 in a cave in Krabi, Thailand,” read a June 13 Facebook post, which includes an image of a person posing with skeletons. “This was just made public a few months ago. The skeleton appeared to have fought a large horned serpent to its death.”

The post had over 1,600 interactions before it was deleted. The allegation also circulated in various tweets.

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But the image does not show the skeleton of a giant. In fact, it shows an art installation in Thailand.

USA TODAY has contacted the user who shared the post for comment.

Skeletons part of the art exhibition

The giant skeleton was part of an exhibition by a Taiwanese artist at the First Thailand Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art, according to the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.

The work “Giant Ruins” is by artist Tu Wei-cheng. It “explores the boundaries between the realms of reality and fiction to rethink history,” according to the Ministry of Culture.

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Taiwan Today reported that Tu was inspired by a popular tale from Krabi, a region in southern Thailand, about two enemies fighting over a princess.

The exhibition was presented from November 2, 2018 to September 28, 2019, according to the Ministry of Culture.

Our rating: False

The claim that a skeleton found in 2017 belongs to a giant who fought a snake is FALSE, based on our research. The skeleton shown in the photo is from an installation by a Taiwanese artist. It was one of two works chosen for the first Thailand Biennale, which took place from 2018 to 2019.

Our fact-checking courses:

  • Facebook post, June 13
  • USA TODAY, September 8, 2020, Fact Check: Online Article Showing Giant Human Skeletons Is An Old Hoax
  • Ministry of Culture, November 16, 2018, Taiwanese artists selected for the inaugural Thailand Biennale
  • Galerie Tina Keng, accessed June 17, KRABI GIANT RUINS, 2018
  • Ministry of Culture, January 20, 2017, Tu Wei-cheng
  • Taiwan Today, November 6, 2018, Taiwanese artworks take center stage at Thailand Biennale in Krabi

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