Anyone wondering what to give a history or nature enthusiast for Christmas or as a birthday gift need wonder no more, especially if they are interested in the Gorham's Cave complex and the wildlife of Gibraltar.
Clive, Geraldine and Stewart Finlayson of the Gibraltar Museum, are publishing a glossy coffee-table book called 'Lost World: Secrets of a World Heritage Site', which will be presented at the Gibunco Literary Festival next month.
The Gorham's Cave complex is the last known home of the Neanderthals, and it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 15 July 2016, but the excavations actually began and have been ongoing since 1989.
The fascinating discoveries made in the caves, and the wealth of flora and fauna which already existed in Gibraltar way back in history have inspired this book. The authors decided to photograph the species whose remains were found in the caves alongside those of Neanderthals. This was a great deal more difficult than it sounds, because some of the species are now so rare that they are difficult to find.
Their project took them to the High Arctic Tundra and the Equatorial savannahs of Africa as well as parts of Spain, searching for these birds and animals, and the result is a wonderful portrait not only of Gibraltar's important history, but also of its nature and wildlife.
The book can be reserved at a special pre-publication price of £25 before 10 November, at the Gibraltar Museum in Bomb House Lane or at www.gibmuseum.gi