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Neanderthal Man

The remains that gave their name to the Neanderthal man and which have been housed at the LVR-Landesmuseum since 1877 have been undergoing comprehensive new examinations since 1991 in the framework of a multidisciplinary research project directed by Dr. Ralf W. Schmitz, Specialist for Prehistory at the LVR-LandesMuseum. In doing so, a stroke of good luck for modern research methods has been the state of preservation concerning the fossils examined, which are 42,000 years old. Samples for a cell nucleus analysis, for example, have also been taken from a bone in the right upper arm of the Bonn Neanderthal. Recent analyses of more than three billion building blocks of nucleus DNA proved: Neanderthals contributed somewhere between one and four percent to the genetic pool of today's Eurasians.


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 0, Fax +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 299

Opening Hours Museum

TUE - FRI, SON 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., SAT 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MON closed

Guided tours for school groups available from 10 a.m.

Opening Hours Library

MON - FRI 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.