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The skeleton keyThe Monkey in the MirrorIan TattersallOUP 1799 pp224In a dimly lit recess of the Gibraltar Museum a strange skull with a beetle brow and low forehead used to glower at the occasional perplexed tourist who wandered in from the colonys sun and warm beer To most the assemblage was just a peculiar set of bones an intriguing oddity and little elseBut to scientists the skull is one of our most precious prehistoric relics It was considered so valuable it had to be flown in 1998 in a reinforced box with its own seat in BA Club Class from its home in the vaults of Londons Natural History Museum so it could join the 150th anniversary celebrations of its discovery After a short public sojourn in the colonys tiny museum it was returned to London where access was once again restricted to scientistsThe skull - of a young woman - had been blasted from Gibraltars Forbes quarry in 1848 Many other Neanderthal skeletons have since been dug up by scientists and most are far more complete than the bones found at Forbes Yet none has their symbolic significance for no other relic so neatly encompasses the poignant history of this lost species and the rise of our ownFor a start the Forbes skull was the first Neanderthal to be discovered although the second dug up in Germanys Neander Valley in 1856 got all the attention And it was very probably the last or at least one of the last of the line for it was in southern Spain that the species were eventually cornered like Texans at the Alamo and wiped from the planets face by hordes of invading Cro-Magnons the direct ancestors of modern men and women Those of us lucky enough to see the skull in 1998 got a privileged vision of humanitys deep and disturbing pastToday Neanderthals are depicted as bent-kneed brutal cavemen But as Ian Tattersall curator of anthropology at
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