When We Took Over the World

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  • Published on: 07 May 2019
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    From our deepest origins in Africa all the way to the Americas, by looking at the fossils and archaeological materials we have been able to trace the path our ancestors took during thee short window of time when we took over the world.

    Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for the human migration illustration. You can find more of Julio's work here: https://252mya.com/gallery/julio-lacerda

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COMMENTS: 40

  • Nathan Feibelman
    Nathan Feibelman   12 hours ago

    This assumes that the simple presence of hominids placed them at the apex of an area. A variety of predators very likely looked forward to the opportunity to feast on a little homo (whatever). Yes, unlike other species, they (we) had adapted to a wide variety of of climates and conditions, but I think we were still a few thousand years away from "taking over".

  • Lucy Lyness
    Lucy Lyness   20 hours ago

    Ever played the game Plague? Kinda feels like that lol

  • Richard Deese
    Richard Deese   4 days ago

    Thanks! I guess that, when it comes to how & when the rest of Central Europe was settled, we've been boxing Mike Tyson - 'cause we're missing a lot of teeth! :O 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.

  • Sachin Raghavan
    Sachin Raghavan   6 days ago

    I think we can all agree that humanity cursed this world.

  • Mark Ahrens
    Mark Ahrens   1 weeks ago

    REQUEST: detail of Australian Aboriginal history?

  • Lars Konzack
    Lars Konzack   2 weeks ago

    Greek remains of human have been found that are more than 200,000 years old.

  • Ernst Boyd
    Ernst Boyd   2 weeks ago

    your capitalism is getting hard to tolerate gimme cookie gimme cookie

  • Alex Krieger
    Alex Krieger   2 weeks ago

    Human teeth:They last for tens of thousands of years in the ground, but struggle to last a few decades in your mouth.

  • Yeowoo
    Yeowoo   2 weeks ago

    We do actually know how our ancestors got here from Africa to the Philippines in Southeast Asia and it has been well taught in schools. Basically humans migrated here in three different periods and the first ones who came here, the “Aetas” basically just walked their way here because of the land bridge that connected some islands here from the rest of the world as one comment here suggests during the pleistocene epoch sea levels are quite different from it is today and during that time there were exposed land bridges between Asia and islands here in Southeast Asia.

  • NPC1862862152-2
    NPC1862862152-2   2 weeks ago

    South America was likely first settled by Polynesian people. The north was settled by people crossing the Bering Sea. Then they met in central America.

  • fishcat
    fishcat   3 weeks ago

    The Norwegians invented the cheese slicer and are therefore the most advanced humans

  • Bryant Moore
    Bryant Moore   3 weeks ago

    This sounds like more "Clovis First" dogma. The land bridge they're talking about was 12.3k ya, but there are caves in the Yukon with human remains from 20k ya. There's a cave in Chile with a skull from 18k ya, and most recently Mastodon bones found in California that were taken apart by humans from about 130k ya. Really seems like the out-of-Africa theory is no longer correct either.

  • gocoogs01
    gocoogs01   3 weeks ago

    how did ppl get to hawaii tho?

  • Joe Perricone
    Joe Perricone   3 weeks ago

    I don’t believe anything China says it has.

  • BoboddyActing 3000
    BoboddyActing 3000   3 weeks ago

    slaps the top of Earth“This baby can fit so many Homo Sapiens you can’t even imagine”

  • SammyWoe.
    SammyWoe.   4 weeks ago

    Who else be high asf and watch these 💀

  • Jim Battersbee
    Jim Battersbee   4 weeks ago

    Ahhh, humans. Bacteria will show you just how short lived your "success" really is.

  • Kye
    Kye   1 months ago

    I wonder what it was like to live back then..

  • Cody Mintz-Thibault
    Cody Mintz-Thibault   1 months ago

    I really wish they'd do a video about the migrations of others, like Neanderthals.

  • Austine Onah
    Austine Onah   1 months ago

    The Americas was discovered by Christopher colombus and settled by waves and waves of Europeans, who obviously were coming to a new world meaning no other humans were there....hmmmm.

  • John Stern
    John Stern   1 months ago

    I feel like youtube can read my mind.

  • Stephen Chen
    Stephen Chen   1 months ago

    2 minute intro too long just get to the point

  • Josh Turner
    Josh Turner   1 months ago

    Is it possible that the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis is true?

  • Cusi
    Cusi   1 months ago

    My bet is on the denisovans just being some time travelling dude called Denis. yeah. That sounds legit.

  • Toyokawa Shigako
    Toyokawa Shigako   1 months ago

    SOO.. YOU ARE JUST GOING TO MISS ONE OF THE BEST COUNTRIES, IF NOT THESE BEST.. JAPAN??

  • Jordan Slack
    Jordan Slack   1 months ago

    8:00 I know how they got there they want across the Warter on raft or there was a land bridge. Not rely hard to figure out

  • The Avaddar
    The Avaddar   1 months ago

    Mamma Earth: human, when are you planning to leave home and get your own place? You already know how to make a rocket ship!Human: and pay my way, pay rent? Nah mamma Earth I like being a freeloader on you..love polluting ur home..

  • Haiden Geary
    Haiden Geary   1 months ago

    We have risen. I love how so many people believe we are doomed as a species, forgetting what we have been through for so long.

  • Paladine
    Paladine   1 months ago

    hey, you there...everything is better on the other side of the hill, river, mountain, continent, etc.....go get it....