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gaddy
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Here's a CNN story discussing evidence found by researchers which indicates that humans came close to extinction roughly 70,000 years ago.

A similar study by Stanford scientists suggests that droughts reduced the population to as few as 2,000 humans, who were scattered in small, isolated groups.

from the article:
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"'This study illustrates the extraordinary power of genetics to reveal insights into some of the key events in our species' history,' said Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer in residence. 'Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA.'"
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Cliffg37
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Humans have this really egocentric idea that the Earth was put here for us. Some people have a hard time realizing tht the Earth has gone through many cycles of differeing conditions, some conducive to human life and many not. There is no guarentee that humans will be around a long time at all.
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It's a pity we didn't get it accomplished 70,000 years ago. There are a lot more of us now, so it's more difficult. Fortunately, we have better tools for the job these days. And at least we're still determined to get the job done. Never say 'quit'!
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