Major events like the Second World War, and the invention of modern medicine had massive impacts on humanity and the population, which now stands at 7,649,393,788 people.
The human species that you and all other living human beings on this planet belong to is Homo sapiens. During a time of dramatic climate change around 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens evolved in Africa.
Like other early humans that were living at this time, they gathered and hunted food, and evolved behaviors that helped them respond to the challenges of survival in unstable environments…
Considering that our species emerged from Africa no more than 300,000 years ago, this is one shocking difference.
To make us picture the swift changes that humanity did across the globe, the American Museum of Natural History has produced a stunning timelapse video.
From the Mongol conquests to the arrival of Europeans in the New World, the stunning video bellow reveals how much of a difference major points in history had on our expansion.
With so much going on in the video, it’s difficult to pick a key moment moment!
It took humanity 200,000 years to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average.
Do you think we can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?