Engis 2

First Neanderthal ever found

This child Neanderthal's skull was found in 1829, 30 years before Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species". However, it was not recognized as an early human fossil until decades later.

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Engis 2
Exhibit item
Site: 
Awirs Cave, Engis, Belgium
Date of discovery: 
1829
Discovered by: 
Philippe-Charles Schmerling
Age: 
Age uncertain
Text: 
<bold>First Neanderthal ever found</bold> This child Neanderthal's skull was found in 1829, 30 years before Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species". However, it was not recognized as an early human fossil until decades later.