The Gibraltar Neanderthal Skull was found 8 years before the one at Neander Valley, near Dusseldorf.
The director of the Gibraltar Museum, Dr Clive Finlayson, outlined the accidental discovery of the skull in 1848, by a Lieutenant Flint, whose men were preparing an artillery battery in old Forbes quarry.
The skull’s presentation to the Gibraltar Scientific Society and its subsequent relegation to a drawer, came into sharp focus some eight years later with the identification of a similar skull at a quarry in Neander Valley near Dusseldorf.
Thus, what might have been Gibraltar man (or woman as it turned out) became Neanderthal Man.
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