Scientifically, no one knows where people originally came from. All we have are theories, and every culture has their own theory about where we came from. Some cultures have more than one theory. Currently, in the U.S., there are two major theories – evolution and creationism.
Creationists are conservative Christians who believe that people were created, as we are now, directly by God just a few thousand years ago. They say the Holy Bible tells them that one day people just suddenly appeared from nothingness because God wanted it so. Absolutely no scientific evidence supports this claim, and most people, including most Christians, do not believe this happened.
Evolutionists believe that all life on Earth developed from single-celled organisms over 3 billion years ago. As time moved on, life changed and adapted in order to survive. As different cells adapted, they eventually became multi-cellular life forms. Some of these early life forms became plants and others became animals. Different environments in different places caused the early life forms to develop into distinct species.
Evolutionists say that humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor that long -ago became extinct. This ancestor first evolved from some other species around 2.5 million years ago. It was not until 200,000 years ago that modern humans came on to the scene. During the past 2.5 million years, it is thought that several different species of human-like animals existed around the same time. The last of these, the Neanderthal, became extinct about 25,000 years ago as modern humans spread across the planet.
Going back to the beginning, evolutionists are not sure how the original single-celled organisms appeared. Some scientists say that strands of natural proteins formed accidentally to create the first DNA. Other scientists believe single-celled organisms may have been brought to Earth on a meteorite from outer space that collided with the planet.
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