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The Neanderthal Centenary

Behm-Blanke, von Koenigswald, and Breuil


In the summer of 1956, the Foundation collaborated with the city of Dusseldorf, Germany, to convene an international symposium marking the 100th anniversary of "the discovery of the classical Neanderthal man."

Organized by G.H.R. von Koenigswald, Wilhelm Gieseler, and Horst Sieloff, the congress drew many of the world's most eminent anthropologists, archaeologists, palaeontologists, and geologists to the Lobbecke Museum and generated wide coverage from the German press.

Click here for the Participant List and Photographs from the symposium.

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