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A 5-meter human skeleton has not been unearthed in Australia. It is a satirical post turned hoax

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A post with a video is being shared on Facebook with a claim that a 5-meter tall skeleton was unearthed in Australia. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: 5-meter tall human skeleton was unearthed in Australia by a team of archaeologists from the University of Adelaide.   

Fact: The news was taken from a satirical website called ‘World News Daily Report’. Similar news items were in circulation from the last 5 years and have already found to be untrue. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

When you look for any such news on Google using keywords ‘5-meter tall human skeleton unearthed’, an article with the title similar to the description in the post (i.e. ‘5-METER TALL HUMAN SKELETON UNEARTHED IN AUSTRALIA’) is found in the search results.  The website (‘World News Daily Report’) which published that article is a satirical website. The description of the website at the bottom of the page reads, “World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.” So, the news published by it should not be taken seriously. Further, the image found in the article is actually that of a mammoth skeleton found at site in Changis-sur-Marne, east of Paris in France.

Also, the website published an article regarding the same site in 2013 with a different narrative of finding ruins of a lost city. Both the articles have been already fact-checked by different organizations when the news went viral in the previous years

To sum it up, a 5-meter human skeleton has not been unearthed in Australia. It is a satirical post turned hoax.

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