Kösen Sultan, a former basketball player from Turkey, was recorded as the highest man in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
At 26 years old, Kösen is 2 meters 46 centimeters and 5 mm and also owns the record for the largest hands – 27.5 cm, and the biggest feet – 36.5 cm. He grew up as a normal child until the age of 10, when, due to a pituitary gland disorder, his body began to develop at highly accelerated rate.
During the 2010 London edition of Guinness Book presentation, Sultan Kösen said he hopes that his recently gained fame to bring him more luck with the ladies attention. Because of his unusual stature, women have always feared it, but now he hopes to finally find his soul mate and marry.
Former owner of the record for highest man, Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, apparently meassured with 2.57 meters high, refused to formally measure his height, saying that fame has brought him only trouble and he needs peace and quiet.
Nepali Khagendra Thapa Magar, is preparing to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest man in the world.
Officially, he will he has become the record holder a few days ago, when he reached the age of 18 years. This is one Guinness Book’s stipulations to approve the record: the person must be at least 18, so will not be able to develop in the future.
Khagendra Thapa Magar, 61 cm, celebrated his 18th birthday in the weekend, when he received a cake about the same size as he.
A mix team of researchers from Australia and New Zealand started scanning and investigate the fossils of Haast’s eagle (Harpagostris Moore), the largest bird of prey that ever lived, which he used frequently to hunt even adult people.
Haast’s eagle disappeared more than 500 years, but the strength and reputation of this mysterious bird’s still fascinated ornithologists and paleontology. Researchers say that the eagle, who lived in the mountains of New Zealand and weigh up to 18 kilograms, was a ferocious predator, not a scavenger, as was claimed in the past. To decipher the mysteries of the feared bird of prey, Ken Ashwel, researcher at the University of New South Wales and Paul Scotfield of the Canterbury Museum, used computerized axial tomography or CAT scan for skulls, fossilized pelvises and beaks in order to rebuild the brain, eyes, ears and hearts of the missing bird.
The researchers also found with surprise that the huge bird of prey has evolved very rapidly from an ancestor who was the approximate size of crows. Haast eagle rose body much faster than the brain during the evolutionary process. In fact, the body has multiplied 10 times the size in the range of 1.8 million-700 000 years, between early and middle Pleistocene.
Haast’s eagle disappeared by cause of habitat destruction and loss of its main food, Moa birds, which were in turn hunted to extinction by the early Polynesians that arrived in New Zealand. Maori folklore abounds in terrifying stories about pouakai bird or hokioi , as they named it, which descend from the sky and killed people.