Studying Neandethals in Gibraltar

What are scientists discovering about Neanderthals in the caves of Gibraltar ?

Museum scientists are analysing evidence from caves in Gibraltar and uncovering interesting new details of Neanderthal life.

Gibraltar is one of the richest locations for finds of the Neanderthals, a species of human that became extinct about 30,000 years ago.

Museum's scientists collaborative work in Gibraltar is producing some of the first evidence that Neanderthals exploited marine resources such as shellfish and seals. It has also found that Gibraltar was one of the last outposts of Neanderthal survival.

The exact relationship of Neanderthals to our species Homo sapiens is still uncertain, as are the causes of their extinction. Reasons might include competition from our ancestors or climatic change.