Image: Gibraltar Skull Homo neanderthalensis side view

Gibraltar Skull Homo neanderthalensis side view

Cast of the Gibraltar Skull, discovered in 1848 in Forbe’s Quarry, Rock of Gibraltar. This was the first Neanderthal skull ever found. Its significance was not realised until 1864, after the discovery and publication of another Neanderthal skull discovered in the Neander Valley in Germany in 1856. Unfortunately, the exact provenance of the Gibraltar skull is uncertain so it has yet to be accurately dated. The skull is one of the best-preserved Neanderthal crania found and is probably a female.
 

Photographer:
Carl Bento
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© Australian Museum

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