The Narrow Escape: Only 1,280 Ancestors Survived to Keep Humanity Alive!
bounce back: to recover and return to a normal state after a difficult time or situation
A study looking at genetic data says that about 930,000 years ago, the world population fell to just 1,280 people. This small group of humans nearly went extinct, but they survived, and here we are today, thanks to them!
The researchers think that the Earth’s weather became very cold, and many plants and animals died. But somehow, our ancestors got through this tough time, and the population bounced back.
Not everyone is convinced that there is enough evidence to support such a specific number.
But if humanity really did drop to just 1,280 people, it’s a reminder that we are all branches of the same ancient tree.
1. After being sick for a week, Maria was able to bounce back and return to school.
2. After losing the game, the team worked hard to bounce back and win the next one.
3. The economy was doing poorly, but with new policies, it started to bounce back.