Charlie ….. a simple answer …about 7.6 billion people. That is a big big number 7, 600,000,000. A lot of people and it all started about 2.5 million (2,500,000) years ago.
The people then where very olde worlde and didn’t look very much like us today. They were wanderers and spent a lot of time hunting and gathering food.
This species ( a word to describe a group of animals that are alike) was the homo species and we are derived from the homo sapien group. There were then quite a lot of different homo people, however we were the only group to survive.
Below is a drawing of the what the homo family might have looked like. Can you find the homo sapien?