Comment: Squares vs cubes & "On Being the Right Size"

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Squares vs cubes & "On Being the Right Size"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square-cube_law
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SquareCubeLaw
http://irl.cs.ucla.edu/papers/right-size.html :

Let us take the most obvious of possible cases, and consider a giant man sixty feet high—about the height of Giant Pope and Giant Pagan in the illustrated Pilgrim’s Progress of my childhood. These monsters were not only ten times as high as Christian, but ten times as wide and ten times as thick, so that their total weight was a thousand times his, or about eighty to ninety tons. Unfortunately the cross sections of their bones were only a hundred times those of Christian, so that every square inch of giant bone had to support ten times the weight borne by a square inch of human bone. As the human thigh-bone breaks under about ten times the human weight, Pope and Pagan would have broken their thighs every time they took a step. This was doubtless why they were sitting down in the picture I remember. But it lessens one’s respect for Christian and Jack the Giant Killer.

I'm seeing lots of words in substitution for evidence and very few giant bones.

And humans have double rows of teeth, they're just situated vertically instead of horizontally, and lost in youth.

Not saying his supposition is impossible, but support should contain more than effortlessly embellishable eyewitness accounts.

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