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(CNN)   "Who would have thought that as recently as 70,000 years ago, extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction?" Early humans must've driven Hummers, too   (cnn.com) divider line 248
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2008-04-24 06:58:24 PM
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/that is all
//not really
///MANBEARPIG
 
2008-04-24 08:21:41 PM
"Early humans must've driven given Hummers, too."
 
2008-04-24 08:21:45 PM
So what you're saying is we can do whatever we want, because we're so powerful we'll just evolve, right? OMG I'm a super...man (yeah, that's lame...)
 
2008-04-24 08:21:53 PM
Anyone else notice that they printed the full names of the parents, but declined to print the names of the students to, "protect their identity."

Stupid people. They are everywhere.

/head asplode.
 
2008-04-24 08:23:10 PM
i thought this was fairly common knowledge that the world goes through climate cycles....we just sped this one along
 
2008-04-24 08:25:24 PM
So, basically the logic here is that since the climate changes on its own we shouldn't be worried about human-driven climate change even if it kills 90% of humanity? That sounds about right for the way people argue about this.

What they're most likely talking about, as far as climate disruptions and human population bottlenecks, is the Toba eruption that farked things hard for a couple thousand years. This, mind you, is a definite outlier event and has absolutely nothing to do with greenhouse-induced climate change whatsoever.
 
2008-04-24 08:26:09 PM
I sure as hell don't want to be one of the last ones around. Could get pretty boring.
 
2008-04-24 08:26:40 PM
Studies using mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down through mothers, have traced modern humans to a single "mitochondrial Eve," who lived in Africa about 200,000 years ago.

She's a slut.

Bonnng!
 
2008-04-24 08:26:58 PM
TFA: The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday.

Cool. I'm black.
 
2008-04-24 08:27:02 PM
Who would have thought that once upon a time there were no humans on the planet and due to climate change the dinos got killed and a random mutation happened and man evolved.
 
2008-04-24 08:27:28 PM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I sure as hell don't want to be one of the last ones around. Could get pretty boring.

At least you'll have your books.
 
2008-04-24 08:29:18 PM
SineSwiper: TFA: The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday.

Cool. I'm black.


Just takes one drop.
 
2008-04-24 08:29:38 PM
Ex-Republican: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I sure as hell don't want to be one of the last ones around. Could get pretty boring.

At least you'll have your books.


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2008-04-24 08:30:18 PM
wait wait wait

I thought the earth was only 6,000 years old and created in six days.

How is this 70,000 year ago claim even possible under the shadow of such concrete facts?
 
2008-04-24 08:31:17 PM
mother earth must have cried when we didn't die



if not, she's surely cryin' now.
 
2008-04-24 08:31:44 PM
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/Submitter must be one of those dumbasses that see someone crossing the road without looking and survive and then go: "See!? See that!? He's not dead you morans! Stop with your "it's best not to cross red lights" fear-mongering!
 
2008-04-24 08:32:11 PM
j_twelve: wait wait wait

I thought the earth was only 6,000 years old and created in six days.

How is this 70,000 year ago claim even possible under the shadow of such concrete facts?


I came here to say that.
 
2008-04-24 08:32:12 PM
j_twelve: wait wait wait

I thought the earth was only 6,000 years old and created in six days.

How is this 70,000 year ago claim even possible under the shadow of such concrete facts?


God is just testing your faith with this 70K years business. He's a crafty one.
 
2008-04-24 08:33:04 PM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I sure as hell don't want to be one of the last ones around. Could get pretty boring.

After you are married, that is called Friday night.
 
2008-04-24 08:33:13 PM
I thought the 70k year ago near extinction was caused by a super volcano, which in turn triggered massive cooling. What does this have to do with climate change again?
 
2008-04-24 08:33:43 PM
Shakes fist at cchurch
 
2008-04-24 08:33:55 PM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I sure as hell don't want to be one of the last ones around. Could get pretty boring.

I wouldn't mind too much, sitting around eating Twinkies, drinking beer and watching porn all day with nobody to nag at me. Sounds pretty good actually.
 
2008-04-24 08:33:58 PM
General Turgidson
Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?


Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.
 
2008-04-24 08:35:31 PM
extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction

Damn floods...
 
2008-04-24 08:36:04 PM
Well, in 1790s the world population is predicted to have been about 800 million. In two hundred years it's now 6.6 billion.

How many human beings were living in 68000 BC? 20000?
 
2008-04-24 08:36:05 PM
Ron Paul Revere:
[SUMMON BEVETS]


I'm proud to see this as the Boobies.
 
2008-04-24 08:36:14 PM
Who would have thought?

I don't know, anyone with an education?

/just spitballin' here.
 
2008-04-24 08:36:18 PM
mrEdude: if not, she's surely cryin' now.

♬One love feeds the fire
One heart burns desire...♪
 
2008-04-24 08:36:23 PM
Well, the earth must have a mass extinction of animals every so often to build the oil reserves back up...duh.
 
2008-04-24 08:36:26 PM
AtomicAcidbath: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I sure as hell don't want to be one of the last ones around. Could get pretty boring.

I wouldn't mind too much, sitting around eating Twinkies, drinking beer and watching porn all day with nobody to nag at me. Sounds pretty good actually.


When you're not married, thats called Tuesday.
 
2008-04-24 08:37:50 PM
And in 70,000 years, people like subby will still be little earth haters.
 
2008-04-24 08:41:04 PM
I guess I'll never really understand the people that jump around gleefully shouting "it's not entirely our fault that we will all die." Whether or not humans caused this isn't nearly as important as making sure humans do what we can to prevent this. If you are on a mountain road and a car drives at you you get out of the way. The human driving the car is responsible, but you get out of the way. If a boulder falls off the mountain do you sit smugly thinking "But a human didn't push it off, it was nature"?

I don't know if humans "caused" this. I think we probably contributed quite a bit. But even in a world as stupid as ours you'd think people would look at the big picture a little more.


Now, I know this isn't directly related to the topic at hand. Just keep it in mind next time someone screams that it's not their SUV's fault.

/or don't, it's just fark
 
2008-04-24 08:44:01 PM
Wasn't this already covered in the Discovery Channel already
The real EVE
 
2008-04-24 08:45:03 PM
My Redlit headline:
Unlikely [Main] Humans had a brush with extinction 64,000 years before humans almost went extinct during the great flood


Who had the better headline?
 
2008-04-24 08:45:05 PM
It's not news...
 
2008-04-24 08:45:08 PM
theorellior: So, basically the logic here is that since the climate changes on its own we shouldn't be worried about human-driven climate change even if it kills 90% of humanity? That sounds about right for the way people argue about this.

What they're most likely talking about, as far as climate disruptions and human population bottlenecks, is the Toba eruption that farked things hard for a couple thousand years. This, mind you, is a definite outlier event and has absolutely nothing to do with greenhouse-induced climate change whatsoever.



Have you ever had a greenhouse? I suggest that you get one, pump it up with CO2 and wait.

Something wonderful happens. You will discover that CO2 is not a pollutant and the temp doesn't get hotter in side the greenhouse becasue of the increased CO2.

Quit listening and start doing.

/morans!
 
2008-04-24 08:45:34 PM
From_The_Year_2000: I guess I'll never really understand the people that jump around gleefully shouting "it's not entirely our fault that we will all die." Whether or not humans caused this isn't nearly as important as making sure humans do what we can to prevent this.

Said it better than I could have.

Also, don't we know what caused it last time? Wasn't it volcanoes? I could be remembering wrong but I'm pretty sure it didn't just start happening one day.
 
2008-04-24 08:48:45 PM
Terryg999: Have you ever had a greenhouse? I suggest that you get one, pump it up with CO2 and wait.

Something wonderful happens. You will discover that CO2 is not a pollutant and the temp doesn't get hotter in side the greenhouse becasue of the increased CO2.


Did you do this? How did you not suffocate to death? Where is the published research? Why didn't it occur to you that the plants within the greenhouse might have been metabolizing the CO2? How do you explain higher temperatures in urban areas with more CO2 pollution and fewer plants to metabolize it?
 
2008-04-24 08:49:20 PM
Two words: population control.
 
2008-04-24 08:50:20 PM
So basically only 0.00003 percent of humans need survive any coming apocalypse or plague to maintain the species?

Homo sapiens has it made.
 
2008-04-24 08:50:29 PM
The earth is only 6,000 years old.
 
2008-04-24 08:50:35 PM
RichieLaw: Anyone else notice that they printed the full names of the parents, but declined to print the names of the students to, "protect their identity."

Stupid people. They are everywhere.

/head asplode.


The Ironic and Asinine tags are having a steel cage match to see who gets to represent you
 
2008-04-24 08:50:45 PM
Studies using mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down through mothers, have traced modern humans to a single "mitochondrial Eve," who lived in Africa about 200,000 years ago.

So if they traced it down to a Eve, there must of have been an Adam (or Adams), and by this time humans would have had already evolved some sort of primitive language so it possible some oral stories where created about how they where very few people around and that one couple could have populated the earth. But where else have I heard such a story?
 
2008-04-24 08:50:52 PM
I'm very confident that technology will eliminate this from happening again.
 
2008-04-24 08:53:18 PM
THEORELLIOR: "even if it kills 90% of humanity"

You've been watching the Sci-Fi channel again, haven't you.

At the risk of sounding dismissive: there is NOTHING about climate change that would result in the lost of hundreds of millions of lives. Not even the most wild eyed grad students at the IPCC have made such an assertion.

Thanks to corn based ethanol Link (new window), far more people are at risk of starvation THIS YEAR than will be jeopardized by climate change over the next 100 years. And you can thank the Global Warming alarmists, the corn lobby, and bat shiat crazy granola crunchers for that. Exxon Mobil (and the oil lobby) are not reason people are dying: bad ethanol economics are to blame.
 
2008-04-24 08:54:39 PM
Jose628:

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2008-04-24 08:54:48 PM
Super volcanoes like Toba cause brief (multi-year) "volcano" winters. So hmmmm. Nlow massive amounts of crap into the atmosphere and termperatures....drop. Hmmm....

Mark my words, in less than three years the hippies will be going on about the Global ... er ... Cooling crisis, and like a stopped clock, they may actually get one right for once.
 
2008-04-24 08:56:57 PM
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2008-04-24 08:57:08 PM
A more obvious theory of this population decline that explains more things about us today: 75000 years ago humans discovered teh joy of teh buttsecks, and started to produce fewer and fewer offspring. We are descended from the small group of women who did not -- and mostly still do not -- enjoy it.

And all brontosauruses are thin at one end, much, much thicker in the middle, and then thin again at the far end.
 
2008-04-24 08:57:11 PM
Terryg999: theorellior: So, basically the logic here is that since the climate changes on its own we shouldn't be worried about human-driven climate change even if it kills 90% of humanity? That sounds about right for the way people argue about this.

What they're most likely talking about, as far as climate disruptions and human population bottlenecks, is the Toba eruption that farked things hard for a couple thousand years. This, mind you, is a definite outlier event and has absolutely nothing to do with greenhouse-induced climate change whatsoever.


Have you ever had a greenhouse? I suggest that you get one, pump it up with CO2 and wait.

Something wonderful happens. You will discover that CO2 is not a pollutant and the temp doesn't get hotter in side the greenhouse becasue of the increased CO2.

Quit listening and start doing.

/morans!


You, of course, tested this with a greenhouse with nothing inside it but a CO2 pump and asphalt, right? Because the plants, which would take up around 10% or more of the total volume of the greenhouse can and do absorb the CO2.

If you take the volume of the surface of the earth out to the edge of the atmosphere, do you REALLY think plantlife covers 10-30% of that?

You sound like the guy that tried to disprove 9/11 with some concrete blocks and chicken wire.
 
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