ALMOST HOMO CALPICUS-The Early History of the Gibraltar Skull
ALMOST HOMO CALPICUS
The Early History of the Gibraltar Skull
The Gibraltar Skull is Gibraltar’s most famous fossil. It is the first adult Neanderthal skull ever found and was presented to the Gibraltar Scientific Society in 1848.
Almost nothing is known about its early history. Until now.
"The Gibraltar Skull, has captivated scientists, historians, artists, specialists and non-specialists, Gibraltarians, and non-Gibraltarians, for well over one hundred years."
Menez’s book draws on previously un-published archival and other sources to portray the early history of the Gibraltar Skull in a fresh light.
What happened to the skull whilst it was in Gibraltar?
How did it end up in England in the midst of debates about human origins, antiquity, and evolution?
What did Charles Darwin, one of the first scientists to see the skull, think of it?
Why do we talk today of Neanderthal Man and not Gibraltar Man, even though the Gibraltar fossil was known about eight years before the Neander Valley remains?
And why was it that the remains from the Neander Valley were not described as a new species of human until almost a decade after their discovery?
These are some of the questions answered in this book which will appeal to all those with an interest in Gibraltar’s history, as well as the history of science, especially palaeoanthropology.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Alex Menez is a biologist who was born and lives in Gibraltar. His undergraduate research was on the ecology of subtidal marine molluscs in Gibraltar.
He then went on to do his PhD on the ecology of land molluscs in southern Iberia, focusing on biogeography and habitat structure effects on diversity.
Alex is an Associate Researcher of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences at the University of Gibraltar, an Honorary Fellow of the Gibraltar National Museum, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
He is currently researching the history of natural history in Gibraltar, including palaeoanthropology, and has recently published several papers on the history of the Gibraltar Skull, and the Gibraltar Scientific Society.
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67 illustrations; 456 pages;
Publication date: November 2018