Neanderthals a Separate Species, Study Suggests

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

You may think your grandparents act like Neanderthals, but U.S. researchers said they had strong evidence that modern humans are not descended from them.

A computer analysis of the skulls of modern humans, Neanderthals, monkeys and apes showed that modern humans are substantially different, physically, from those early humans.

The study, appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that Neanderthals, who went extinct 30,000 years ago, should be considered a separate species from Homo sapiens.