Human Population Through Time



It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?

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Population Connection

UN World Population Prospects
https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/

Real-time population counter
http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

NASA EarthData
https://earthdata.nasa.gov

NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center
http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu

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AMNH/L. Moustakerski

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AMNH/S. Krasinski

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AMNH/J. Morfoot

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AMNH/S. Macey
AMNH/J. Zichello
Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

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PhyloPic
David Hillis, Derrick Zwickl, and Robin Gutell, University of Texas

World Population used courtesy of Population Connection, ©2015

Other Population Data Sources
Population Connection
United Nations, “World Population Prospects: 2015 Revision”
US Census Bureau

Maps and Event Sources
Encyclopedia Britannica
Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center
NASA
NOAA
Needham, J. Science and Civilisation in China
TimeMaps
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

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26 thoughts on “Human Population Through Time

  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    Ideal population for humanity would be between 1.5 to 2 billion, if distributed fairly across the globe. we can see that the maximum innovation and ushering of modern age happened between 1800s till 1960s. After that rising population and intense competition for resources slowed down human progress. This is why we reached the moon in the 60s but even half a century after that humans have not been able to set foot on any other planet.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    It was a fake story to tell, and there was a lot of genocide. The wars govern the population, which is a very barbaric method. No need to worry, Mother Earth will solve the problem.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    In the end it says:
    • = 1 million people

    That's not true. There are many big cities on that planet but not THAT many.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    Now I m thinking that our ancestors did sex and sex… That's time no smartphone

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    Not even the world wars could decrease the population by significant factors, but the black death, well, I guess that is one of the prices you have to pay for the reestablishment of the silk road.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    The out of Africa theory is debunked, we did not all come from Africa – it is no longer accepted in Empirical Science.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    so someones grandmas grandma could ve seen 6B people being born

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    Columbus didn't discover America, Amerigo Vespucci didn't discover America, the Vikings didn't discover America, the Romans didn't discover America, etc. Native Americans discovered America; the same Native Americans that share genetic traits with East Asian ancestors.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    Nice explainer video, could use a few blank spots filled in tho. Australian aboriginals date back 70,000 years. It's likely there were well over 1 million before white settlement in the 1700's. Australia was also settled from the east to the west.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    if everything started from africa then how come
    europeans are white and asians are brown especially east and south asia?

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    "Modern" humans are a mix of early human species some of which evolved far from Africa. The out of Africa theory has been discovered to be false.

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  • November 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm
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    so i'm guessing the other slave trades which were biger than transatlantic are ignored

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