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An image claiming to show the excavation of a giant human skeleton has gone viral again almost a decade after it was originally posted.

The image shows a group of people in a desert setting, with skeletal remains around them. A giant human skull is at the center of the image, and one of the people near the skull is seen taking notes.

“Note: the man’s foot is smaller than the giant’s eyeball!” reads the caption, which says the picture was taken in Greece.

The image was posted on Facebook July 11, 2012, but it has recently caught the attention of users again, as many users started sharing it around September. The image accumulated more than 8,000 shares as of Oct. 13.

The image, however, has been altered.

The original version depicted the remains of a long-necked dinosaur, according to reports about the discovery. It did not include the human skull.

USA TODAY reached out to the poster for comment.

Image shows dinosaur remains
The bones in the image are undoubtedly huge, but there’s a simple explanation: They are from a dinosaur.

The image shows the skeleton of a 60-foot-long vegetarian dinosaur discovered during an expedition to Niger in Africa in 1993, according to an online gallery of expedition images published by the University of Chicago.

But there aren’t any clearly visible remains under the blue square in the original photo – where the human skull is located in the Facebook version of the photo.

Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY
October 14, 2021·3 min read
The claim: Image shows giant human skeleton excavation
An image claiming to show the excavation of a giant human skeleton has gone viral again almost a decade after it was originally posted.

The image shows a group of people in a desert setting, with skeletal remains around them. A giant human skull is at the center of the image, and one of the people near the skull is seen taking notes.

“Note: the man’s foot is smaller than the giant’s eyeball!” reads the caption, which says the picture was taken in Greece.

The image was posted on Facebook July 11, 2012, but it has recently caught the attention of users again, as many users started sharing it around September. The image accumulated more than 8,000 shares as of Oct. 13.

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The image, however, has been altered.

The original version depicted the remains of a long-necked dinosaur, according to reports about the discovery. It did not include the human skull.

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USA TODAY reached out to the poster for comment.

Image shows dinosaur remains
The bones in the image are undoubtedly huge, but there’s a simple explanation: They are from a dinosaur.

The image shows the skeleton of a 60-foot-long vegetarian dinosaur discovered during an expedition to Niger in Africa in 1993, according to an online gallery of expedition images published by the University of Chicago.

But there aren’t any clearly visible remains under the blue square in the original photo – where the human skull is located in the Facebook version of the photo.

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The expedition was under the leadership of Paul Sereno, a paleontologist and professor at the university. Sereno has carried out multiple dinosaur explorations across South America, Africa and Asia.

Multiple skeletons of the dinosaurs, called Jobaria tiguidensis in reference to legends from Niger’s nomad population and a nearby cliff, were discovered during the excavation of the site, which Sereno said was a “mass-death site” in the Sahara.

The animals lived about 135 million years ago in the Cretaceous period, according to Sereno’s press release.. The specimen is the most complete long-necked dinosaur discovered from its time.

In an email to Politifact, Sereno confirmed the image being shared online is an alteration of one he took during the Jobaria excavation in Niger in 1993. USA TODAY reached out to Sereno for comment.

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