The claim: A skeleton found in 2017 belongs to a giant who battled a serpent
A far-reaching hoax on social media makes a big claim about the existence of giants. But evidence shows there's little 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 battled the hoax since 2004.
A more recent version of the hoax says 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," says 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 been battling a large horned serpent upon death."
But the image doesn't show the skeleton of a giant. In fact, it shows an art installation in Thailand.
USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post for comment.
Skeletons part of art exhibition
The giant skeleton was part of a Taiwanese artist's exhibition at the inaugural Thailand Biennale, an international exhibition of contemporary art, according to the Taiwan Ministry of Culture.
Taiwan Today reported that Tu was inspired by a folktale from Krabi, a region in southern Thailand, about two foes fighting over a princess.
The exhibition was on display from Nov. 2, 2018, through Sept. 28, 2019, according to the Ministry of Culture.
Our rating: False
The claim that a skeleton found in 2017 belongs to a giant who battled a serpent is FALSE, based on our research. The skeleton featured in the picture is from an installation by a Taiwanese artist. It was one of two works chosen for the inaugural Thailand Biennale, which ran from 2018 to 2019.
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Facebook post, June 13
USA TODAY, Sept. 8, 2020, Fact check: Online post showing giant human skeletons is an old hoax
Ministry of Culture, Nov. 16, 2018, Taiwan artists selected for Thailand’s inaugural biennale
Tina Keng Gallery, accessed June 17, KRABI GIANT RUINS, 2018
Ministry of Culture, Jan. 20, 2017, Tu Wei-cheng
Taiwan Today, Nov. 6, 2018, Taiwan artworks take center stage at Thailand Biennale in Krabi
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Giant skeleton, serpent image is from an art exhibition