Gibraltar has become synonymous with strength and stability. Its rich military, social, and political histories have fuelled the curiosity and input of scholars for centuries. This includes its rich history in the natural sciences such as geology and palaeontology. This talk focuses on an area of research for which Gibraltar is now widely known: the Neanderthals and their world. Dr Geraldine Finlayson will bring us up to speed on Neanderthal and associated research from Gibraltar including the Gibraltar Caves Project, and the role of the Gibraltar National Museum in this.
Dr Alex Menez will then talk about Gibraltar’s most famous and enigmatic fossil, the Gibraltar Skull, about which almost nothing is known regarding its early history. Until now. Alex’s presentation draws on material from his new book, Almost Homo calpicus: The Early History of the Gibraltar Skull, to update the historiography of one of the world’s most important fossils that has played a decisive role in our understanding of human origins, ancestry, and evolution.