Only 6000 years ago (this month), no problem. Just go to some archaeological dig excavating that period and voila, bones, teeth, partial and complete skeletons etc. Closer to the coast you will also find shells.<quoted text>How do you know what animals were around at the beginning of the Bible? Evolution is adapting to the changes, extinction is failure to adapt IMO
Although in some animals evolutional change can be seen in action (and is being studied), the majority have found their niche with little environmental pressure to push evolutionary change.
The same applies to humans, little change over the last 8 or 9 thousand years but further back in time cro magnon man (before the babble book) had a denser bone structure and larger skull,(indicating larger brain). That did not make them any less homo sapiens, just as you and every other human on this rock.