99% of Ancient Human Population Wiped Out 900,000 Years Ago (Video)
Today, our planet teems with over 8 billion human beings, a staggering contrast to the world 800,000 to 900,000 years ago. Recent scientific revelations illuminate a pivotal juncture in human evolution, spotlighting a near-extinction event for 'Homo erectus.' This revelation emerged from a study indicating that, during a harsh ice age span, our ancestors faced a perilous situation. Genetic clues pinpoint a bottleneck roughly 813,000 to 930,000 years ago, where 98.7% of the breeding population vanished.
Astonishingly, our forebears endured a protracted near-extinction scenario, their survival owed to sheer determination and serendipity. A study, titled 'Genomic inference of a severe human bottleneck during the Early to Middle Pleistocene transition,' chronicles this episode, highlighting a small yet resilient population persisting for over 100,000 years. This prolonged stability catalyzed the divergence of modern humans, Neanderthals, and the enigmatic Denisovans, shaping the course of human evolution.
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Top image: An early human extinction event wiped out Homo erectus, dating back 900,000 years ago. Source: emilio100/Adobe Stock