The Humans That Lived Before Us

  • Published on: 29 January 2019
  • As more and more fossil ancestors have been found, our genus has become more and more inclusive, incorporating more members that look less like us, Homo sapiens. By getting to know these other hominins--the ones who came before us--we can start to answer some big questions about what it essentially means to be human.

    Thanks as always to Nobu Tamura for allowing us to use his wonderful paleoart:

    Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for the hominin illustrations. You can find more of Julio's work here:

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  • Jay Trades
    Jay Trades   1 days ago


  • kap kapvevo
    kap kapvevo   2 days ago

    Something wrong with you teaching rubbish

  • Daniel Sambar
    Daniel Sambar   5 days ago

    If we keep going and history keeps happening it’s going to take forever to teach history class

  • Kickass Chihuahua
    Kickass Chihuahua   1 weeks ago

    She is beautiful and a paliantologi nerd. I’m in love 😍

  • Ukulele Life Lessons
    Ukulele Life Lessons   1 weeks ago

    So basically anthropology is nothing more than lame high school behavior. Everyone has a clique they belong to based on their looks, abilities, and habits. And of course modern day humans are a part of the super special group.

  • Jullian Hill
    Jullian Hill   2 weeks ago

    Imagine just minding your own business eating a dodo and you suddenly hear OONGA BOONGA and getting craped in the head with a stick

  • Nietzsche's Ghost
    Nietzsche's Ghost   2 weeks ago

    Isn't Homo Habilis' bigger brain size enough to distinguish them from the Australopithecines?

  • Dobe
    Dobe   2 weeks ago

    I don't believe in evolution, but it is so cool to see what happened before us.

  • Michael DeRosa
    Michael DeRosa   2 weeks ago

    11:16 "As it stands..." 🤣🤣🤣 I see what you did there 👊

  • D. H.
    D. H.   3 weeks ago

    You're looking for evidence but y'all got pictures drawings weirdos where are those man

  • J Chr G
    J Chr G   3 weeks ago

    Life began with a few dummies some of them had wifes and evolved and multiplied the other stayed same(dummies) and more of them became even more dummies..One big soupy group of dummies

  • Daniel Santos
    Daniel Santos   4 weeks ago

    Why are all these artistic depictions in Iceland?

  • Campbell Inch
    Campbell Inch   1 months ago

    5:44 we must be from that country because the right side is a face😂

  • L E
    L E   1 months ago

    I'm not convinced smh

  • Manuelito Foronda
    Manuelito Foronda   1 months ago

    Why the Philippines has so many people still look like Homo habilis

  • Rex Gaming_501st
    Rex Gaming_501st   1 months ago

    Is it a coincidence that I got a curiosity stream ad about the first man while watching?

  • sAvE tHe TuRtLeS
    sAvE tHe TuRtLeS   1 months ago

    The people who lived before us need a shower they crusty

  • J. Jonah Jameson
    J. Jonah Jameson   1 months ago

    She says "We were" because she knows humans are the only one species smart enough to watch this among the thousand other animals.What a Brain....

  • Mohammad Pangcatan
    Mohammad Pangcatan   1 months ago

    So, why monkeys right now are still monkeys? Why he not evolved like us?

  • Imaginose314159
    Imaginose314159   1 months ago

    Its the pluto syndrome, theres close and theres human, just draw the line at bipedal and use tools and leave it at that. Then make different classes of "How much alike by percentage" for instance. How much of this is politics? I wonder.

  • iik7lx K
    iik7lx K   1 months ago

    If we evolved from apes then how did we lose the 2 chromosomes

  • Chris OLeary
    Chris OLeary   1 months ago

    The lady keeps referring to these species as "human ancestors....when there is absolutely NO genetic evidence for such a statement. Neanderthals were NOT our direct ancestors, neither were Homo erectus.

  • Gary Chynne
    Gary Chynne   1 months ago

    fleas were a bigger problem than standing up.

  • edits
    edits   1 months ago

    Dawn horses

  • Big D
    Big D   1 months ago

    So what you are saying is that if I screw an ape it could lead to a whole new human species?🤣🤣🤣