Apocalypse Then: Humans Almost Went Extinct

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 26, 2008 in Science |

Human Extinction

When you stop and think about the idea of there only being 2,000 people some 70,000 years ago it’s amazing — you realize how fragile our existence is in this world:

Study says near extinction threatened people

“Human beings may have had a brush with extinction 70,000 years ago, an extensive genetic study suggests. The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday. The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.”

Illustration found via Scientific American Magazine.

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