Reference numberCLP/13/9
TitlePaper, ['An essay concerning giants'] by Thomas Molyneux
Date19 May 1699
DescriptionAn essay by Molyneux on giants, with additional remarks on large human forehead bone written about by Molyneux in volume 15, number 168 of Philosophical Transactions. Molyneux discusses various specimens, both fake and real, of bones from supposed 'giants' and justifies his identification of the large forehead bone as that of a human. He describes the bone in detail, with its exact measurements, and speculates on the proportions and stature of the man from whom it came and any medical conditions that could have caused this large stature. The paper is incomplete and starts at page 9.

Subject: Anatomy

Published in Philosophical Transactions as 'An essay concerning Giants. Occasioned by some further remarks on the large Humane Os Frontis, or Forehead-bone, mentioned in the Philosophical Transactions of February 1684/85, Number 168'.

Written by Molyneux in Dublin [Ireland] and addressed to Dr [Hans] Sloane at Temple Coffeehouse [Fleet Street, London]. Read to the Royal Society on 7 June 1699.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1700.0011
Full paper is printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 22 (1700), p 487
DOI: 10.1098/rstl.1685.0013
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7851Molyneux; Sir; Thomas (1661 - 1733)1661 - 1733
NA8406Sloane; Sir; Hans (1660 - 1753); physician and collector1660 - 1753
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