The Hellacious Lives of the "Hell Pigs"

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  • Published on: 05 June 2019
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    Despite the name, we don’t know where the so-called “hell pigs” belong in the mammalian family tree. They walked on hooves, like pigs do, but had longer legs, almost like deer. They had hunched backs, a bit like rhinos or bison. But as is often, if not always, the case, there is some evolutionary method to this anatomical madness.

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Miles PQ
    Miles PQ   2 hours ago

    Are these closely related to the Andrewsarchus bcs they had huge 3 foot long heads, lived in China and Mongolia too, and kind look like them. Look them up they look rly cool.

  • Richard Deese
    Richard Deese   1 days ago

    Hell Pigs of the Navy... Big-Head Pig & the Monsters... Hell Pigs in Space... Hell Pig in a (Really Big) Blanket... I've got a million of 'em... 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.

  • hicham farhan
    hicham farhan   2 days ago

    They missed the opportunity to call it Manbearpig

  • hoibsh
    hoibsh   3 days ago

    Ya, Hell Pigs inspired me to work out my jaw muscles and lengthen my teeth.

  • Franklin Archambault

    when I was a kid I saw two boars tear each other apart over a sow and at six hundred pounds you did not want to get between them blood and hide everywhere

  • ChuaRtIi4LiF
    ChuaRtIi4LiF   6 days ago

    At 6:18, anybody else wondering if they will do a segment on this bear dog?

  • Latrodectus mactans
    Latrodectus mactans   6 days ago

    Legit question for rural Americans - How do I kill the 30-50 feral entelodonts that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?

  • Hannah Hyde
    Hannah Hyde   1 weeks ago

    Entelodon looks more like a bear crossed with a wolf except it had hooves

  • Erik Jarandson
    Erik Jarandson   1 weeks ago

    Those critters are everything you don't want in a pet...

  • Mothomania
    Mothomania   1 weeks ago

    I want this man to cradle me in his big strong arms

  • Jo Jo
    Jo Jo   1 weeks ago

    Hehe.... he said "sex" hehe

  • skudzer1985
    skudzer1985   1 weeks ago

    These things are basically the wargs you'd see orcs riding into battle.

  • Crazycaz Trex
    Crazycaz Trex   1 weeks ago

    As long as 30-50 of them don't approach my yard with unsupervised children

  • Bob Ross
    Bob Ross   1 weeks ago

    When is the film coming out

  • joe jennings
    joe jennings   1 weeks ago

    17 million years ago to late ...all I'm hearing is proto bacon and ham. ..

  • Azi Poor
    Azi Poor   1 weeks ago

    Please put more videos about physiology of extinct animals

  • smeaglerG
    smeaglerG   1 weeks ago

    Serious Sam destroyed the last of these.

  • Stan TheObserver
    Stan TheObserver   1 weeks ago

    Look more like Hell Peccaries. It's always great to see animals evolve and then go extinct over 30 million years..and to know man had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. Those animals lived in a flora and fauna heaven. No matter where you explored on the planet back then..not a plastic bag anywhere. Must have been amazing.

  • N Marrs
    N Marrs   1 weeks ago

    Wild hogs are extremely dangerous.

  • bluemoondiadochi
    bluemoondiadochi   2 weeks ago

    Am i the only one who thinks they'd make great pets (not to mention riding animals and security)??? i can already imagine one being petted while it sounds like a mixture of squealing and growling, with excited look in it's amber eyes.

  • Drax the Warlock Titan

    This YT channel is such a breath of fresh air compared to the history channel which I feel like is not even about real history anymore. It’s all ancient aliens and pseudo-history.

  • YouAwakeYet
    YouAwakeYet   3 weeks ago

    Very Interesting stuff...but u need a bigger shirt buddy, your tight sleeves are preventing blood flow to your arms

  • daisho13
    daisho13   3 weeks ago

    I've been binging on eon videos since finding you guys a few days ago. Awesome work, keep it up 🙂

  • Grace Matthies
    Grace Matthies   3 weeks ago

    Bear dogs are absolutely the cutest thing Ive ever seen! Can you do an episode on them? (there might be one and I dont know so sorry if there is)

  • Otto Ernst Lindemann
    Otto Ernst Lindemann   3 weeks ago

    Imagine being a species of alien visiting our planet 100 million years later and they see what today’s modern animals look like.....

  • Barbara Vick
    Barbara Vick   3 weeks ago

    That fella is all kinds of muscley these days.

  • FLSH_BNG
    FLSH_BNG   4 weeks ago

    Gonna have a new D&D critter to use now.