The day we almost died

How did we get here? We could have come from another planet; or God could have created the world in six days; or humankind could be the product of a long, slow, almost accidental process of evolution. I subscribe firmly to the last explanation. But how smooth and linear was that evolutionary process?
There’s an article in today’s “Observer” newspaper than mentions the view that around 70,000 years ago humankind was almost wiped out by the most powerful volcanic explosion in two million years.
This event occurred at Mount Toba in Sumatra which is why the theory is known as the Toba catastrophe theory. The idea was first put forward in 1998 by Stanley H. Ambrose. You can read more about it here.
So glad we made it guys!


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