|When fossilized bones were found in a German cave in 1856 and attributed to a prehistoric man, a violent rejection of the notion that humans had evolved from more primitive forms ensued and disputes abounded. Controversy continued until fairly recent discoveries convinced most researchers of fossil man's existence.|
|The Neandertal is one of the most celebrated discoveries in human history. They lived mainly in Europe from approximately 105,000 until roughly 35,000 years ago. Recently, they were determined to be a distinct species and not our immediate ancestors, although their physical form and behavior resemble modern humans closely.|
This digital philatelic reference explores our knowledge of the Neandertal. Subject areas range from their immediate ancestors, physical forms, geograpphic locations, and stone age technology through replacement by modern human forms, modern scientific study as well as philatelic and scientific references.
Let's start with a few facts about Neandertal man.