Sunday, April 27, 2008

Humans nearly wiped out 70,000 years ago, study says

The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated that the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.


Two-thousand people? Hell, we humans now routinely kill each other in much larger quantities.

My, have we come a long way.

2 comments:

dad2059 said...

It is also claimed that genetic bottleneck 70,000 years ago helped create our artistic nature and the way we look at the world.

Obviously that group of 2,000 believed the world is a very hostile place and started to act accordingly.

Sweet irony.

Anonymous said...

If by choice or by chance humans stopped reproducing today, in 100 years, give or take a few, there would be non of us left.

It's easy see how a major event occurring on the planet to a population unable to cope with it could rapidly reduce their numbers.

Michael