The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

  • Published on: 05 March 2019
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    Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was an island--or maybe a group of islands-- in the Mediterranean Sea that was populated with fantastic giant beasts. It’s a lesson in the very strange, but very real, powers of natural selection.

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  • James Williams
    James Williams   1 days ago

    So if thay never reconnected you would get a New Zealand 2

  • RyanWilliam222
    RyanWilliam222   1 weeks ago

    you know what sucks every gigantic bird gone extinct

  • Drtbag39
    Drtbag39   2 weeks ago

    How much bigger were these giant hamsters than the European Wild Hamsters ??

  • PxtrickPxrker
    PxtrickPxrker   2 weeks ago

    I kept repeating "absolute unit" and couldn't stop laughing

  • michael howell
    michael howell   3 weeks ago

    Do you suppose that the word gargantuan come from the Gargano area?

  • usernamedkjah
    usernamedkjah   3 weeks ago

    "Hedgehog like animal..." Displays animal clearly possum like [memo not received] hahaha

  • TheLeonhamm
    TheLeonhamm   3 weeks ago

    In short: some times it is, some times it isn't, and some times .. well, natural selection (a piece of string theory to cover every eventuality) selects rather unnatural natures .. Umm? Yip!

  • Earth Observer
    Earth Observer   4 weeks ago

    How can anyone say what these creatures were capable of? It's guesswork.

  • Cronk, King of Monsters!

    Hold on is she suggesting climate change has happened before? Does mankind just keep causing it? Wth!

  • Matthew Jones
    Matthew Jones   1 months ago

    Does anyone else want to breed a hoplitomeryx?

  • William Yeaman
    William Yeaman   2 months ago

    Maybe these were islands full of little people.

  • Popeye 99
    Popeye 99   2 months ago

    I lived on an island for most of my life and then I moved to the mainland and I was the tallest in my class.

  • laserus3333
    laserus3333   2 months ago

    The rise in oxigen levels increases size.

  • Alexander Stone
    Alexander Stone   2 months ago

    As it turns out, and maybe in our lifetime this will be our greatest revelation, there were 'actually' giant creatures and humanoids on this planet, who either became so advanced that they left, or they were taken off this planet by someone else - seemingly willingly. The Native-Americans also have the same stories as that of the far east, and there is proof across the globe. Kitchikewana, Gitchi Manitou, Metacomet, Nanabojo, Heno, all Giants of Canada, with known resting places, and footprints which have become footprint shaped lakes. This planet was either terraformed, or massively altered - including mountains, canyons, and what lurks beneath.

  • Ovidio Perez Jr
    Ovidio Perez Jr   2 months ago

    What if back then the earth was in a whole differnt gravity level.. Then it changed.. Then it shrunk everything?

  • pluto bills
    pluto bills   2 months ago

    I swear it was a big owl on the top of my house last night I never seen one so big bout 2 ft or bigger with a huge wing span

  • Sara Taylor
    Sara Taylor   2 months ago

    "R.O.U.S's? Rodents of unusual size? I don't think they exist."

  • John Wells
    John Wells   2 months ago

    Am I the only one who clickedOn this bait , expecting to goVisit a modern day island withSome freaky animals...?

  • Saccillia
    Saccillia   2 months ago

    Only time i saw a wild hamster was one rescued from a lab. But they were far less fluffy than your typical pet hamster. Size of a guinea pig.

  • Adjustable Stress
    Adjustable Stress   2 months ago

    That’s not a picture of a hedgehog, but a picture of an opossum.

  • Gareth Baus
    Gareth Baus   2 months ago

    What about the ROUS,s ? Rodents of unusual size? I don't believe they exist.

  • P.T. oftheBalrifics
    P.T. oftheBalrifics   2 months ago

    So ure telling me scientists Already kno that the earth heats & warms in cycles Already....I knew it.

  • Devin Biggs
    Devin Biggs   2 months ago

    I doubt the Channel Islands ever had Araucaria.

  • Chai tern
    Chai tern   2 months ago

    Pretty sure back during the so called discovery era they were all high as a kite.

  • Bob Kob
    Bob Kob   2 months ago

    great videos, I’m very glad I found this channel!I have a Robo hamster and was always interested in the prehistoric hamsters of which I haven’t heard much on hamsters in prehistoric subject, I suggest subjects like the reptiles on New Caledonia animals like the Crested gecko

  • sunkid02
    sunkid02   2 months ago

    i wanna learn more about these deer