Tag: population size

New Neanderthal Research

As modern humans migrated out of Africa they interbred with Neanderthals, so all non-Africans carry some remnant of those ancient encounters, and new research by scientists at the University of California, Davis, shows how natural selection has purged all but the smallest bits of that ancient DNA. In one ...

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The First Population Explosion: Human Numbers Expanded Dramatically Millennia Before Agriculture

Ten millennia ago, there were about six million people on Earth. Today, there are six billion. This thousandfold increase in the global population is often thought to be linked to the invention of farming and the domestication of animals about 13,000 years ago in the Near East. Growing crops and raising ...

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