In the distant past, there were several civilizations on Earth; some of them are well-known now, while others are still a mystery. Many ancient tribes all across the world had giant stories, however these have since been disproved. In the preceding century, several artifacts and proof of abnormally large bones discovered, igniting theories that enormous creatures coexisted with humans thousands of years ago.
A set of islands off the coast of California have been revealing ancient mysteries for over 13,000 years, which researchers are still attempting to solve. These islands are home to more than 2000 varieties of plants and ancient animals. Santa Catalina Island, also known as Catalina Island, is one of them and is located 22 miles from Long Beach.
Catalina Island’s history is intriguing. Native American tribes known as the Gabrielino-Tongva were the first to settle there around 7000 BC. The island was given its name and given Spanish royal status in 1542 by the Spanish explorer Juan Rodrguez Cabrillo. Then, in 1846, Mexico took control of it. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, a real estate speculator from the United States bought it.
Ralph Glidden, who migrated to the island with his parents in 1896, is said to have found the ancient burial mound in the early 20th century.
Glidden’s assertion that he had unearthed a legendary prehistoric race of fair-skinned, blue-eyed giants, with adult males standing 7 to 9 feet in height, and who had lived on Santa Catalina and its nearby islands, was the most outlandish of all his assertions.
According to Mysterious Universe, “Glidden claims overwhelming evidence that a fair-skinned, fair-haired, highly intelligent race of great stature lived on Catalina Island, off the southwest coast of California, perhaps three thousand years ago,” and that his excavation of a massive cache of skeletons, domestic utensils, urns, wampum, and other artifacts is quite out of the ordinary class of Indian discoveries.
More than three thousand other skeletons were found on the island, almost all of them males. One was seven feet eight inches tall from the top of his head to his ankle, and another was nine feet two inches tall. A young girl’s skeleton, clearly of top-level, was surrounded by the skeletons of sixty-four children in a large memorial service urn.
Curiously, a human skeleton measuring 8 feet tall was found in 1913 by German Dr. A.W. Furstenan. When brought to the surface and exposed to air, this object that had been discovered in hard black sand mainly deteriorated, leaving just the undamaged foot, jawbone, and skull.
Additionally, according to another account, a 7-foot-tall skeleton with double rows of teeth and six fingers and toes was found. Multiple rows of teeth were common in the human remains found in the Channel Islands. Larger human remains that are believed to be from a particular race have also been found on San Nicolas Island in great numbers.
According to John Johnson, Ph.D., an anthropology curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, “concerning the ‘giants’ of Santa Catalina Island, these legends are imaginary, as far as I have been able to determine.” For instance, a vintage photograph of Glidden with the grave in the foreground simply gives the bones the appearance of being enormous.
According to historical records, Glidden’s career was brief. He said that the allegedly gigantic skeletons he found were ritualistically interred.
He believed that the natives worshipped them as deities. In the mainstream media, his results were regarded with suspicion and were derided as a money-making plan.
According to other stories, he supposedly bought the fake skeletons from a curio store on Broadway in Los Angeles. A supernatural investigator named L.A. Marzulli supported Glidden, stating that a thorough examination of one of his photographs, which depicts an 8.5-foot-tall skeleton, appeared to be real. He said that one of the enormous skeletons had six fingers that were clearly visible.
In 1968, at the age of 87, Glidden passed away. He allegedly sold the Wrigley family his collection for $5,000, and they later gave it to the Catalina Island Museum.