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The skeleton of Irish giant Charles Byrne displayed at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1900

Byrne's 2.31-meter (7 foot 7 inch) skeleton was subsequently purchased in 1799 by the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in London, where it has been displayed for over 2 centuries. It remains an issue of contention and controversy today. Drawing of Charles Stewart, conservator of the museum, describing specimens to visitors on the college's centenary. Drawing by J. Duncan, 1900. (Courtesy of the Wellcome Collection, London.)