[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Re: Linnaeus --> von Linne (was RE: Albisaurus)

At 08:37 26-11-2002 +1100 Dann Pigdon wrote:

> The custom of latinizing names was quite common in Europe in the Middle
> Ages and up to the eighteenth century...

I believe the Neander Valley was named after an eccentric German called
Newman (that's the English spelling, probably not the original German)
who called himself Neander (literally "new man").

More specifically Joachim Neander (1650-1680), teacher, poet, and composer.

It was only later that
hominid remains were found there. Hence Neanderthal - meaning "Neander
Valley", and also (coincidently) "valley of the new man". Spooky...

The site has gained renewed interest in recent years since the discovery of the dump site in 1997. During excavations in 1997 and 2000 a total of 62 new hominid skeletal remains have been recovered, three of which fit directly onto the Neanderthal 1 calotte discovered in 1856!

Schmitz, R.W. et al. (2002). The Neandertal type site revisited: Interdisciplinary investigations of skeletal remains from the Neander Valley, Germany. PNAS 99: 13342-13347.