Were There As Many Humans 36,000 Years Ago As Today?

Take our mini-quiz and find out

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Were there as many humans 36,000 years ago as there are today? (2019/2019) by Fanny Le BagousseGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Let's see, is it...

A. Yes, there has always seven billion people living on Earth or B. No, the population has grown over the years

The correct answer is...

B. No, the population has grown over the years 

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Today, there are more than seven billion people living on Earth. 

Aurignacian hunter-gatherer #3 (2019-05-21/2019-05-21) by David Huguet/smergcGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

But 36,000 years ago, the global population was no more than one million people, and perhaps as low as 50,000 in Europe. The chances of encounters between different groups of people were therefore slim.

Did our ancestors get sick? (2019/2019) by Fanny Le BagousseGrotte Chauvet - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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