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Making a megalodon

Making a Megalodon

Artist Gary Staab builds a life-size replica of a medgalodon for the National Museum of Natural History.

“You’re gonna need a bigger building.”

In May a life-size replica of a megalodon went on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. To recreate the massive prehistoric shark, the museum called on “paleo artist” Gary Staab, who has spent decades creating ancient creatures and human ancestors for museum exhibits.

This short video goes behind the scenes to show the process of breathing life back into the megalodon.

Paleo artist Gary Staab working on a megalodon for the National Museum of National History
Paleo artist Gary Staab working on a megalodon for the National Museum of National History

Smithsonian Giant Skeleton Conspiracy

Giant human skeletons: Newspaper hoaxes or Smithsonian conspiracy?

Newspapers of the 19th century reported many discoveries of giant human skeletons, which have since seemingly vanished without a trace. Is the lack of evidence proof of a Smithsonian conspiracy to cover up their existence, or proof of the rampant hoaxes running amok in journalism at the time?

Micah Hanks explores the evidence a little deeper, uncovering reliable stories and eyewitness accounts detailing the discovery of large skeletons reported by the Smithsonian itself, with clues as to the fate of these bizarre and mysterious remains.

Read the article: Big Buried Secrets: Giant Skeletons and the Smithsonian

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