In 1856, in the valley of the Neander river near Dusseldorf in Germany, some miners discovered the bones of a previously unknown creature.
These creatures were humanoid, but not quite the same as our own human species.
The newly-discovered creatures have become known as Neanderthals after the place they were found*.
Unfortunately the original site was dynamited out of existence by the miners, but the people of the Neander valley are still proud of their links to early man. There’s a museum:
and the museum shop even sells something called Neanderthal cordial.
Replete with essence of mammoth, presumably.
I wish I could try it!
*Thal is the German for valley. The word is usually spelled Neandertal in America, because that is how you say it.