An image posted on a Facebook group page with over 270,000 members shows two massive skulls and some bones that appear to be newly dug out of the ground. Six people are seen at the site, seemingly amazed.
“Giant human skeleton discovered in Mexico,” reads the caption.
The post found its way to Facebook in South Africa, where a user flagged it as possibly false.
Photo manipulated for design contest
A reverse image search reveals that the image was one of the entries in a photo manipulation contest on DesignCrowd.
For the contest, PS Bonus Contest: Archaeological Anomalies 12, designers were asked to create an archaeological hoax that looked real.
It received 34 Photoshop submissions from 31 contestants. The giant skulls image is credited to a designer with the screen handle YearoftheDragon.
It also appears on a DesignCrowd blog post titled Giant Skeletons Seem Too Real To Be A Hoax.
Africa Check has debunked a similar image, also sourced from DesignCrowd, that a Facebook user claimed was of the skeleton of a mermaid. – Dancan Bwire
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