Before the development of agriculture, there were not that many Homo sapiens around the globe
Contemporary science has established (as reported in this post published by QuickHistories) that the number of Homo sapiens around the world at the time they started migrating from Africa into Asia Minor and Southern Europe was probably around just a few thousand. If this seems to be an extremely small number when compared with the billions we are today, then let us remember that 70,000 years ago a gigantic volcanic eruption in Indonesia caused a global disturbance of such magnitude that even those few thousands could have been reduced to just a thousand individuals.
About 8,000 years ago, we human beings already numbered in the millions. But there were not that many of us —just around five million of us, around the whole globe. That total is actually much less than the current populations of cities like Mexico City, London or New York.
It was the development of agriculture that allowed for a quantum leap in the global human population: by the year of Christ’s birth, there may have already been between 230 and 300 million human beings in the world. And, while that was undoubtedly an increase of unprecedented proportions, it was still just one-twentieth of the world’s population today.
If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.
Here are some numbers:
- 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
- Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
- Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
- Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
- Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
- We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)
As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.
Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!