A comparison of the traits of a Neanderthal skull compared to an "Early Modern". The "Early Modern" in this case is similar to one of the skulls from Skhul, and both are possibly halfbreed Neanderthals also. In this case the skull at the top (Which is not identified by name in the source) is from the bronze age about 1000 BC and shows distinctly [East-Asian!]Neanderthaloid traits. The Borreby skull below is more like the Neanderthal- halfbreeds such as the Skhul types from Israel(Palestine). It DOES have an even lower, flatter forehead than the Skhul types, too.
Man of Gardar
These questions have been roused by the recent discovery in the medieval Christian cemetery at Gardar, southwest Greenland, of a most extraordinary skull, that has many of the characteristics of the low-browed, heavy-jawed Neanderthal race that inhabited mainland Europe scores of millennia ago.
"Homo gardarensis must have been the subject of a particular disorder of growth, the kind of disorder which causes giantism in man, but whereas in most giants growth soon becomes irregular, in Homo gardarensis it remained regular." ..July 19, 1930 Biofortean Review
Perkins M. (1931) Acromegaly in the far north. Nature 128 (No 3229) p. 491-2.
Acromegaly in the Far North
|Discovered by gravel pit workers in 1907 near Heidelberg in Germany the Jaw of Heidelberg Man as shown is approximately 40% to 50% larger by volume than the that of "Modern" man. The Gandar Jaw being discussed on this page is even larger than the Heidelberg Jaw.|
His opinion of the Gardariki skull confirms the existence of pituitary disorder among the Viking Scandinavians, but he does not allude to the very peculiar features which distinguish Egil's case from common clinical conditions, nor to the interesting heredity which the sagas record.
Gigantism seems to have become endemic in the Fyrdafjord district of Sogn (Norway), where Skallagrim was able to find a dozen near his home who were "more like giants in growth and seeming than mortal men . . . all the strongest men and many shape-strong ", men who, like their chief and his father, used to run, 'berserk' in fits of uncontrollable rage followed by exhaustion (Egla S. xxv., xxvii.).
On the other hand, the Egil family, with its, black hair, great height, thick skull, prognathism, precocity, and fits of rage, is curiously parallel to the tall negroid in everything except indolence, which was certainly displayed on the Grettir side, and pigmentation of the skin.[The physical traits are Australoid and not African and the reference is mistaken-DD]
A Different Opinion on Acromegaly Related to Gardar Skull
As one sees on these two radiographs of acromegalic patients, the deformations relate to the facial part of the head, and nothing justifies that this disease can cause the shape of the occipital part of the skull of Gardar.
Quite to the contrary, the assumption which seems to impose itself here, and that most reject because of the recent character of these remains, and their localization, is that it appears to be those of Homo erectus bones."
|Zana with Human Child.|
|Romantic View of Berserker (Note Bear Head Headdress)|