Created By: EarnestJune 29, 2009

Cavemen were huge

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Up For Grabs. When a cave man is depicted (especially if it's a character being subject to a "de-evolution ray") they will invariably be the Big Guy, having more muscles and stature than their contemporary descendants (along with lots of hair and a sloping brow, of course).

I know only cursory anthropology, but this is Did Not Do The Research. Our ancestors were much smaller than us, partly due to diet and partly due to genetics.

Occasionally, they are only shown having some Super Strength or being savage fighters, which isn't quite so preposterous.
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  • June 29, 2009
    This perhaps means that they based the caveman, rather than off Cro-Magnon humans, off the Neanderthals.
  • June 29, 2009
    Cosmic Osmo
    Averted in Earths Children series. Ayla is notably taller than any of the Clan (Neanderthals).
  • June 29, 2009
    Joe(?) the neanderthal man and friend of Mark Twain in Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld.
  • June 29, 2009
    Evil Midnight Lurker
    Joe was actually a Gigantopithecus, and thus justified as huge.
  • June 29, 2009
    @somerandomdude, that would explain the strength, but I think neanderthals were still a little shorter then modern-day humans.
  • June 29, 2009
    In Real Life, trolls may have been based on folk memory or skeletons of short, stout Neandertals. Then again, we seem to be wired to believe in Elves Vs Dwarves, whether it's aliens, foriegners, or what-have-you.
  • June 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Real Life. It was either they were tall and able to run your ass down a million times over, or short, stout, and willing to bash your head.
  • June 30, 2009
    random surfer
    Atlas/Seaboard Comics' The Brute.
  • June 30, 2009
  • June 30, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    In the original Star Trek series episode The Galileo Seven, there was an episode where there were giant alien cavemen threatening a shuttlecraft.

    Possible subtrope: a mild version of this simply a result of the fact the easiest way to depict a caveman on Live Action TV is to add brow ridges, fake hair, animal skin clothing, etc., to an actor, so the resulting Rubber Forehead Alien will be slightly larger than a human, and largish actors are often cast in the part.

    Real Life: Homo heidelbergensis 'was tall, 1.8 m (6 ft) on average, and more muscular than modern humans.'

    EDIT: see also the YKTTW Frazetta Man
  • June 30, 2009
    AJ the Black Dragon
    In Earthbound, the cave boy was basically an Big Guy... with a wooden club.
  • June 30, 2009
    AC Drawings
    Java the neanderthal from Martin Mystery
  • July 1, 2009
    Cave Guy from Freakazoid

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