HUMANITY HAS EXISTED FOR MILLENNIA. But for most of that time, we were few in number, clustered around a few large population centers. We didn’t even hit a billion until around 1800. But then, our numbers exploded. We were suddenly everywhere. We had adapted to every corner of the earth.
The American Museum of Natural History created this awesome video that shows the growth of humanity over time. And it’s pretty incredible — there are times where you can even see humanity shrink, thanks to things like the black plague.