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 The debate that has raged about whether Neanderthals were a sub-species of modern humans may finally be over.

Researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans (Homo sapiens) and deserve a more distinct identity of their own.

Experts studied the nasal complex of Neanderthals to also conclude that their extinction was probably due to competition with modern humans, and not their inability to adapt to a cooling climate.

That certainly adds a new dimension to human evolution. To read more, click here.