Humans nearly wiped out? Damn. So close…

The human population at that time was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday.

The report notes that a separate study by researchers at Stanford University estimated the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.

Ah, the little virus-with-shoes almost didn’t make it.

1. Every article that tells us that the world is older than 3,000 years delights me immensely. This move surely drives fundamentalist Christians nuts, and I love it when fundamentalist Christians are irritated. I won’t bullshit you here. I delight in it. Look, evolution occurred, and if you can’t handle that, you deserve irritation.

2. One thing that irritates ME, however (and perhaps you delight in my irritation–good for you), is the use of such phrases as “Mitochondrial Eve.” It gives way too much credence to the Talking-Snake theory of origin (Thank you, David Cross). On the other hand, it does hijack the term “Eve” and bastardize it to an extent that fundies can’t swallow.

I bet the ID people will try to turn it around and invoke “Mitochondrial Eve” as evidence for their belief in the Intelligent Designer… I think you can see how such an argument would go….

-MC Spanky McGee