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Fossil records suggest a divergence of early hominid species from other great apes as far back as 7million years ago. However, those early hominids would not be recognized today as 'humans'.

There are two main scientific theories for the spread of humanity (Homo Sapiens) one 'out of Africa migration' occurring as much as 2 to 2.5 million years ago in the form of Homo Erectus and subsequent parallel evolution of Homo Sapiens from these geographically distinct but interbreeding populations (this is scientifically less likely than the following explanation but still plausible) and the other, significantly more recent migration, between 50,000 and 100,000 years ago in the form of modern human Homo Sapiens.

As the fossil record can only be regarded as a rough guide, it being incomplete, the safest answer to your question is to give a wide range during which we can be reasonably certain humans, in their current form, have inhabited the Earth. The range I would give is greater than 50,000 years but not more than 2 million years. As this range is so wide it is extremely likely to be improved upon by other contributors.

However, there are many speculations on how long humans have walked the earth, but none have been confirmed.

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It depends what you mean by that question. The first anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens, have been around for roughly 100,000-200,000 years. Homo habilis, the first ancestor in our genus, was around as early as 2.5 million years ago.

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According to the latest discoveries and theories, the genus Homo first came on the scene 2.3 to 2.4 million years ago, while the species Homo sapiens came into being 250,000 to 400,000 years ago. These estimates involve variables, suppositions and resulting theories that are employed to approximate the age of fossils. Note that the time line range for the genus is far smaller than the time line range given for the species. That is despite the fact that the genus might have appeared 10 times as long ago as the species. This calls into question calculations of the age of fossils and to layers of rock in the earth. Some people think the earth is only 6,000 years old. They take literally a scripture that likens a day in man's time to 1,000 years in God's time. Others regard this as another allegory or simile in a book full of allegories and parables. In other words, the scripture could just as easily have compared a day in man's time to 1 million or 1 billion years in God's time. Some do not suppose to know how God created earth or the first humans, only believing that he did so in a manner consistent with the laws of the universe, of which we know only a few.

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Some people say that the first humans on earth were found in Africa. One skeleton that was found, was said to be about 2-3 million years old.

To be honest, no living human will be able to answer this question we will end up having an argument some say its Adam and Eve others have different stories.

A:The first modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) appeared on earth around more than one hundred thousand years ago. They began to replace Neanderthal man (Homo sapiens neanderthalis or, more recently, Homo neanderthalis) in Europe around 50,000 years ago.

A related species or subspecies, known as Homo sapiens rhodesiensis is evidenced in Africa between two and four hundred thousand years ago.

Some scientists would classify all members of the Homo genus as 'human', in which case Homo erectus appeared around 1.6 million years ago and Homo habilis as long as two million years ago.

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1) In order to reconcile Creation with Evolution, Old-Earth Creationism holds that God made the universe and then guided Evolution over long epochs. According to Evolutionary dating, modern humans began about 200,000 years ago.

2) In repudiation of Evolution, Young-Earth Creationismholds that God created the universe and living things relatively recently without the use of Evolution. According to that, humans were created about 6,000 years ago.

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It is theorized that the first humans arrived on the continent during the last ice age, about 15,000 years ago. They would have crossed into Alaska by way of the Bering Land Bridge.

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God is the one who created this Earth and the humans. He created the humans on the 6th day and he rested on the 7th day.

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People did not come to earth. Depending on your view they were eaither created on earth or they evolved on earth.

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Quarternary Period

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