Biological Anthropology is the study of humans as a species, and how we are related to other species in the Primates. In thinking about humans as one very biologically successful primate species, it’s important to understand just how many of us there are.
Here are some useful resources for exploring that question.
- Gapminder: Population Growth Explained with Ikea Boxes (video) Gapminder has lots of great resources for visualizing human population, international development and demographic changes.
- US Census Bureau World Population Clock shows official estimates from the US government.
- Galen’s Population Clock includes a feature that lets you choose a specific date and time to get a population estimate.
- Earth Policy Institute has a lot of resources and online books relating to human population, global development and environmental repercussions. Especially useful data sources are:
- Wolfram Alpha provides lots of useful, well-referenced data to satisfy most of your need for numbers, with features to help you make calculations and graphs. For instance, here’s the estimate of how many humans were under the age of 15 in 2009.
- “The World of 7 Billion” Wall Chart has an abundance of factoids about population – just mouse over what looks intriguing to read the magnified details.
- The Population Reference Bureau publishes annual reports and has a hub for U.S. and International data that provides tables, charts and maps.
- PanEarth has presentations about human population and demographic shifts, with an anthropological approach that includes pre-agricultural populations.
- The Los Angeles Times ran a recent series on population and development.
- My most recent bookmarks for population.