The eastern cliffs of the Rock of Gibraltar at dawn, © S. Finlayson
GIBRALTAR, NEANDERTHALS, AND THE CALPE CONFERENCE The Gibraltar National Museum, UK / Author: Alex Menez
ibraltar is intimately linked with the foundation of the field of palaeoanthropology, and research from Gibraltar increasingly contributes to the way we study and understand human evolution. Discoveries such as the Gibraltar (Forbes’ Quarry) and Devil’s Tower Neanderthal Skulls provide a trajectory in the historiography of research. But so do much more recent discov-
eries such as the Neanderthal engraving from Gorham’s Cave, and findings that show Neanderthals acquired and used food and other resources in ways that were previously considered outside their capabilities. The ‘Gibraltar School’ draws significantly on natural history, including ecology, to provide fresh insights of the way Neanderthals lived.
The creation of the Neanderthal engraving in Gorham’s Cave. Artwork by Mauricio Antón. © Gibraltar National Museum
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