I'm trying to identify a short story written quite some time ago, in the 1940s or 1950s. I remember that there was an immortal Neanderthal hiding in plain sight, pretending to be just an ugly human. It was humorous and well-written.

Any information about the story's name and where it was originally published would be gratefully appreciated.

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Possibly L. Sprague De Camp's 1939 story "The Gnarly Man"? Originally published in Unknown. In this story the intelligent protagonist Neanderthal was struck by lightning back in the day and became immortal. After he's discovered by contemporary scientists and outed, he has to go back into hiding when he finds out they plan to dissect him! It has been anthologized often.

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    I'm sure that's it. Thanks! I'll look for it in anthology form. Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 18:28
  • Yes! There's a second one... from the same period... was it "Old Man Mulligan" by P. Schuyler Miller, by any chance?
    – Lexible
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 21:35

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