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Engis 2

Image of Homo neanderthalensis, Engis 2, skull, 3/4 view
Engis 2
Exhibit Item
Site: Awirs Cave, Engis, Belgium
Year of Discovery: 1829
Discovered by: Philippe-Charles Schmerling
Age: Age uncertain

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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