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Neandertal exhibit page 2. Engis, Belgium Rail cancel. Fondateur de la Praehistoire Abbeville (Discoverer of the prehistory of Abbeville). Machine cancel with commemorative slogan. In 1848, Forbes Quarry, Gibraltar, produced a Neandertal skull which remained unrecognized until 1907, long after description of the German specimen in 1857. Full booklet pane with color controls in left margin. Discovery of these tools provided even more evidence for the existence of a prehistoric man. The Neanderthals were Gibraltar's first inhabitants. Although a northern European race adapted to the cold, they made warmer Gibraltar the most southern point of settlement. Here they hunted the Ibex - wild mountain goats which grazed on the limestone precipices of the Rock. In 1848 the skull of 'Gibraltar Woman' was found at Forbes' Quarry below the north face of the rock, the very first Neanderthal skull ever discovered. The skull of the 'Gibraltar Woman'. View larger image. View larger image. The earliest discovery of Neandertal remains was in 1830 in Engis, Belgium, but not recognized until 1936. Jacques Boucher de Perthes discovered ice age stone tools in 1847 near Abbeville, France. Abbeville to Paris, France, 8 October 1847. View larger image. View larger image. Early Discovery.