How Humans Nearly Went Extinct in 70,000 BC by TopTenz   1 year ago

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It’s hard to believe that there are 7.8 billion people on the planet, and that number isn’t getting any smaller anytime soon. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, the world’s population will reach 9 billion. As other species go extinct at record rates, human beings show no signs of slowing down. So it might seem a little strange that there was a point in time where human beings were the ones who nearly vanished from the planet. Here are five facts about humanity’s near-extinction in 70,000 BC…

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Source/Further reading:

https://youtu.be/c1zktdT2un4
https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article-abstract/17/1/2/975516
https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/10/22/163397584/how-human-beings-almost-vanished-from-earth-in-70-000-b-c
https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/10/22/163397584/how-human-beings-almost-vanished-from-earth-in-70-000-b-c
https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/doomsday-ticks-closer-to-midnight-the-probability-of-global-catastrophe-is-very-high-20150123-12wd4s.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Human_population_growth_from_1800_to_2000.png
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wp-2011-rallies/5683921991
https://www.army.mil/e2/c/images/2018/08/20/527499/size0.jpg
https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2015/05/21/11/44/pair-777044_960_720.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bottleneck_effect_Figure_19_02_03.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Northern_Elephant_Seals_(M._angustirostris)_at_sunrise_early_light_at_Piedras_Blancas,_San_Simeon,_CA.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tobaeruption.png
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-edit.jpg
https://www.flickr.com/photos/22711505@N05/25633091463
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1815_tambora_explosion.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Toba_Landsat_satellite_image.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pinatubo91eruption_plume.jpg
https://www.delapuravida.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/sun-sets-behind-clouds-volcanic-ash.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bottleneck_effect.jpg
https://www.maxpixel.net/static/photo/1x/Ash-Mayon-Volcano-Volcanic-Ash-Clouds-Volcano-164468.jpg

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