When We Took Over the World

  • 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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  • Dallas DautermanDallas

    Variable sea levels certainly could& would have had a bearing on migration routes& methods over time.

    A RASHAD   3 days ago

    I'm starting to think tour guides was a popular job option back then.

  • John Lamb
    John Lamb   6 days ago

    It’s not that hard for them to travel because they would’ve had dugout canoes and even better water skin canoes which can reach sizes of up to 3 x 10 m!And it’s only takes about 2 to 4 years walking to get from one side of erasure to the other and considering they had it’s of thousands of years to do this!

  • John Couch
    John Couch   1 weeks ago

    There is proof that humans were in North America 130000 years ago. Update your facts John Green.

  • KreigsMarine2
    KreigsMarine2   2 weeks ago

    I love watching anything Hank Green does.......and his brother John.

  • ronkirk50
    ronkirk50   2 weeks ago

    We are all Africans so what's all this fuss over skin tone? We are all one.

  • Rich Jageman
    Rich Jageman   2 weeks ago

    Clovis point tools are more numerous and older in the eastern US than it is in the western US and doesn't match Siberian stone tech of the same age range. Why?

  • RCoosta
    RCoosta   2 weeks ago

    0:28 why is Earth spinning the wrong way?

  • Brett Bryant
    Brett Bryant   2 weeks ago

    I keep hearing the term “convergent evolution.” The concept makes sense. Some protodinosaur species looked similar to dinosaur species that outwardly appeared very much like loose copies of those earlier proto-types. Then again, some mammalian species certainly look like they copied the patterns among earlier pre K-P extinction dinosaur species. Sooooo, now my question: Why are mammals the only animals to evolve into primates to great apes to humans? As successful as were the myriad dinosaur species and for as long as they were successful, how is it we are not dinosaurian instead of mammalian?

  • Adam Victor Nazareth Brandizzi

    What really fascinates me is that we keep learning a lot of things about our ancestors. I was fascinated with paleontology as a child and it all seemed so set on stone. We knew almost nothing, and we still know almost nothing! I learned things in this video that differ from what I've learned a year ago. This makes me so excited!

  • Joao Tattoo
    Joao Tattoo   3 weeks ago

    What about the 50k year old Brazilian skeleton

  • monoham1
    monoham1   3 weeks ago

    this is both deceptive and slightly wrong as noted at the very endhumans migrated out of africa along with other species of humans like homo erectus while he is also thought to have evolved into homo sapiens sapiens at some point before dying out or merging.note this is not the same as neanderthals, who are essentially also homo sapiens.

  • muaz arif
    muaz arif   3 weeks ago

    Might be someone from future travelled back in time and buried teeth at random places just to confuse us

  • Diogo Azevedo Lima
    Diogo Azevedo Lima   3 weeks ago

    Hi! Could you make a video about the differents humans phenotypes? Thanks

  • youngswhtx
    youngswhtx   3 weeks ago

    I dont get it.... if africa is the oldest country and humans to live , why tf is it still poor and kids starving and no running water ????

  • The Last Samurai
    The Last Samurai   3 weeks ago

    Okay then why do Asians look different from there cousins the astroloids people, they are basically the Direct decendants of African people, European mixed with Neanderthals, what kind of human ancestors did Asian people interbreed with???

  • Adam Martin
    Adam Martin   3 weeks ago

    "We met with and interbred with other homids along the way, but that is a story for another time." <- someone has been watching Star Trek.

  • Brendan O'Neil
    Brendan O'Neil   4 weeks ago

    Would that skull have been found in the mountains?

  • Ianimations
    Ianimations   4 weeks ago

    Nobody is interested in humans, we ruined or destroyed all the natural wonders of the world and deserve hate not praise.

  • Char Horst
    Char Horst   1 months ago

    Humans exploit resources then move on to new areas.

  • Keowar
    Keowar   1 months ago

    toothfairy investing in teeth 300k years ago:STONKS

  • Wendi martin
    Wendi martin   1 months ago

    Ummm. There are recent remains found in the NW that are 50,000 years ago. There are also recent findings of people traveling via canoe into South America and North America

  • Nathan Frey
    Nathan Frey   1 months ago

    So when was there evidence of boats?

  • anonymous ubiquitious
    anonymous ubiquitious   1 months ago

    How much more superior are western europeans to all humans? Is their a superiority. ndex ?

  • john harris
    john harris   1 months ago

    Lots of breeding back then, not so much today!

  • brabanthallen
    brabanthallen   1 months ago

    There is evidence suggesting that humans in North America date back much further than 16,000 years, perhaps over 100,000 years. There is much evidence suggesting there was a highly advanced, worldwide civilization well over 12,000 years ago, and that it was devastated by a worldwide cataclysm during the Younger Dryas period. However, mainstream academia are doing their best to discredit the evidence since it contradicts with the archaeological dogma that has been widely accepted. Dogma has no place in real science. The human story is constantly changing as new evidence arises, and science must be willing to accept new evidence when it is presented. The evidence is there. Highly advanced megalithic stone construction and carving exists all over the world at many sites. It is abundantly clear that much of what we have been taught concerning the rise of humanity and civilization is simply incorrect and incomplete. There was advanced technology on several continents that we cannot even match today, and it existed before the bronze age, contrary to what we have been taught.

  • Marci Nelson
    Marci Nelson   2 months ago

    Huh, weird, that some of our oldest tribal (from several different tribes, I'm from the Klamath tribe) stories have us coming up from the jungles of the south American continent.

  • The_Rumpled_Book
    The_Rumpled_Book   2 months ago

    Early humans: follow the food! Follow the food! Wait, sh*t, now it's cold. Uh...wear your food's fuzzy casing!!

  • Alice Descoteaux
    Alice Descoteaux   2 months ago

    Is it possible for you and your colleagues to speak faster and faster than you do! Are you in a competition: who is gonna speak faster than the other? :-)

  • Joe O Sullivan
    Joe O Sullivan   2 months ago

    It's kind of fascinating that early humans discovered Australia and the Americas last. Then, thousands of years later, we modern humans didn't even know these countries existed, and again discovered them last.

  • 1 thepackgawd
    1 thepackgawd   2 months ago

    They found humanbones in Brazil at 22000 years ago