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Fact check: What is the horoscope skeleton?

"While excavating near Kurukshetra, foreign archaeologists get the blessings of a human skeleton of a length of 80 feet, which are similar to the description of Ghatotkach, son of Bhima of Mahabharata." This message is becoming viral with a picture of a giant skeleton on social media.


India Today's Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found out that the skeleton in the viral picture is an artwork made by an Italian artist.The Facebook page "Kurukshetra-The Historical Place" had posted this post last year, still most people are sharing it rightly. This post has been shared over 6600 times till the news is written.To know the truth of the viral picture, when we did reverse search it became clear. Actually, this giant skeleton is neither of kalutakacha nor any other human being. It is a sculpture made by Italian artist Jino de Dominicis, who was first exposed in 1990 in the Center National Dayart Contemporary, located in Grenoble, France.

In 2007, it was displayed in Milan's Plazo Real. The viral picture is right there. According to an article printed on the travel website atlas obscura, this skeleton is named "Calamita Cosmica" or "Cosmic Magnet". It is 28 meters long and weighs about eight tonnes. More pictures of this sculpture can be seen in the article.Dominicis completed this sculpture shortly before his death. The specialty of this sculpture is its long and sharp nose. Most of the works of Dominicis get to see it.This is not the first time when this photo has been viral with a wrong claim. Earlier this year, the fact check website smhoaxslayer put forward the truth of this post in 2016.

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