More humans are alive today than had ever lived before 10,000 BC
January 19, 2010 11:50 PM Subscribe
The human population of Earth has almost always been about 50,000.
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"Geneticists have long known that the ancestors of modern humans numbered as few as 10,000 at some time
in the last 100,000 years." But new research indicates that that figure was not a one-time bottleneck, but rather the normal state of human affairs for at least the last million years or so. Pre-historic humans -- biologically just like us -- were just a second-rate ape species waiting to be wiped out by an environmental shock. (via