Sunday, August 20, 2006
In 1856, two workers found 16 bones in a limestone quarry in the Neander Valley, east of Dusseldorf. It was thought the bones belonged to a cave bear, but they were subsequently found to be the remains of early man.
When that historic discovery was made in 1856, three years before Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution; it began a debate about the origins of mankind, which still continues today.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the 'Neanderthal Man.' An international exhibition and congress in July in Bonn brought together 220 scientists from 20 countries, to discuss topics ranging from the origin of Neanderthal man, to the species' relationship to modern humans.
Wighart von Konigswald, Chair of Paleontology at the University of Bonn, and co-organizer of the symposium, said the importance of the discovery of Neanderthal man cannot be underestimated."
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