When We Met Other Human Species

  • Published: 10 July 2019
  • We all belong to the only group of hominins on the planet today. But we weren’t always alone. 100,000 years ago, Eurasia was home to other hominin species, some of which we know our ancestors met, and spent some quality time with.

    Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Fabrizio de Rossi from Studio 252mya for their wonderful hominin illustrations. You can find more of their work here: 252mya.com/

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Comments • 4 021

  • Justin Wordell
    Justin Wordell  5 minutes back

    Id like to see an episode on the paracas elongated skulls, lots of un answered questions with the un-doubtable evidence that they were another sub human species that lived during our time, as well as the denisovans and Neanderthals.

    • N:OW
      N:OW  1 hours back

      Further proof that Europeans and Asians are completely different genetic beings from sub-Saharan Africans.

      • Qwerty Bastard
        Qwerty Bastard  1 hours back

        I'm not pronouncing it that way, you can't make me. The Green's are not to be trusted.

        • stefan
          stefan  4 hours back

          But human refers to the collective of races of human. We can meet other 'human' species today. its not hard.

          • David Levesque
            David Levesque  4 hours back

            What if we get results and resurrect shiva-novans and WW-III starts. Only to leave machines in control of everything.

            • M. A. Packer
              M. A. Packer  7 hours back

              They're called Canadians, and they're people too

              • jamesblunt006
                jamesblunt006  7 hours back

                Basically means humans shagged everything they could. If humans could produce offspring with sheep, I am sure that we would find sheep DNA in human DNA.

                • Nonorama
                  Nonorama  11 hours back

                  Thank you for talking a little bit slower. Benefits the video

                  • Forte of Gray
                    Forte of Gray  12 hours back

                    Why are you pronouncing neanderthal like that? Also, you said the reason we know the stat2 comes from neanderTHALS because it isn't found in that specific area of Africa. Wasn't it recently found out that we didn't originate from Africa as we used to believe?

                    • James Owens
                      James Owens  14 hours back

                      How do we know for sure that we got the gene from Neanderthals and didn't evolve it on our own?

                      • prog rock
                        prog rock  14 hours back

                        This guy's a loser

                        • Tello 64
                          Tello 64  17 hours back

                          Aren't chimpanzees also hominins?

                          • TheGeorgianCitizen
                            TheGeorgianCitizen  14 hours back

                            There's some debate.
                            BUT YES, they are hominins...
                            acording to wikipedia
                            Rank: Tribe

                        • Taurean Wooley
                          Taurean Wooley  22 hours back

                          We may have seen human species for years but much like a news article that was never written, we probably just forget about them if there's no actual way to state that mating with larger animals has always allowed people to co-exist in shorter timelines.

                          • cristo oliver
                            cristo oliver  22 hours back

                            what year am i in

                            • Janshevik
                              Janshevik  23 hours back

                              So Europe and East Asia (which had most succesful cultures) have most Neanderthal genes? And then they use the word neanderthal as insult!

                              • Alex Schoenherr
                                Alex Schoenherr  23 hours back

                                who the hell dislikes this??

                                • Flavius Belisarius
                                  Flavius Belisarius  23 hours back

                                  1:09 man bun 100,000 years before it was cool

                                  • Seventh Anubis
                                    Seventh Anubis  24 hours back

                                    If they can breed and produce offspring, then they aren't another species.

                                    • Seventh Anubis
                                      Seventh Anubis  15 hours back

                                      @Josef K Other definitions besides biological species would make neanderthals even more the same species.

                                    • Josef K
                                      Josef K  16 hours back

                                      ​@Seventh Anubis I thought I was saying that having sex and reproducing doesn't necessarily qualify you as the same species. It is one qualification out of many that scientists will use to determine if they are a different species. I don't mean to argue or anything I just wanted to say some things.

                                    • Seventh Anubis
                                      Seventh Anubis  16 hours back

                                      @Josef K You are on the border...lol. According to this video, since the genetic DNA of neanderthals exists in humans today, then they are not another species.

                                    • Josef K
                                      Josef K  16 hours back

                                      Successfully reproduce, not just reproduce. And that's only one factor that determines if it should be classified as a new species. Neanderthals are on the border of should they be classified as another species or not.

                                  • Mike Williams
                                    Mike Williams  1 days back

                                    Doesn't really answer the question of where after the split the other hominid got the different genes.

                                    • petroglyph79
                                      petroglyph79  1 days back

                                      I always wondered that of there were different species of humans then where did they come from. Hominid is not a human. But close enough to mate with h sapiens.different species is like mating a eagle with a chicken how does that work

                                      • Craig Brown
                                        Craig Brown  1 days back

                                        I've studied a fair amount of biogeography and I've always read that one of the defining characteristics of a species is that can only breed with members of that same species. If Homo Sapiens mated successfully with Neanderthal or Denisovans (or whoever else) then they were not really different species.

                                        • Citizen of Earth
                                          Citizen of Earth  1 days back

                                          There are still other human species among us today. What would you call Patty the bigfoot? The native Americans called them human.

                                          • welcome 2therage
                                            welcome 2therage  1 days back

                                            This channel is amazing

                                            • Mich Callen
                                              Mich Callen  1 days back

                                              What about the case for natural absorption of these two species? Why do we always assume extinction.?? TY for the upload.

                                              • Kiyarose3999
                                                Kiyarose3999  1 days back

                                                Hold on,didn’t at least some of us come from Africa? I mean life in the Tropics surely had the highest chance of producing Humanoid animals.

                                                • Delimar Aponte
                                                  Delimar Aponte  1 days back

                                                  I've always thought that Neanderthals were the descendants of the previous species of hominids that were destroyed by a nuclear disaster/war. That's why they went extinct, not been able to have an immune system to survive due that.
                                                  Think of avant guard artifacts from the ancient history, the pyramids...

                                                  • Decremental Bug
                                                    Decremental Bug  1 days back

                                                    The ending was nice!

                                                    • creemyice
                                                      creemyice  1 days back

                                                      He looks like the guy from Crash Course

                                                      • Danny Archer
                                                        Danny Archer  1 days back

                                                        Other species of ‘human’ are entering europe every day.

                                                        • dothedeed
                                                          dothedeed  1 days back

                                                          What are you doing here?
                                                          Do you even sleep?

                                                          • Perry Bird
                                                            Perry Bird  2 days back

                                                            totally wrong!

                                                            • R Koster
                                                              R Koster  2 days back

                                                              There are no other intelligent species on this earth.

                                                              • M E
                                                                M E  1 days back

                                                                Like attracts like... so I guess that's why other intelligent species haven't gravitated toward you, yet?

                                                            • RedRiver Organics
                                                              RedRiver Organics  2 days back

                                                              Climate change rapidly changed their food source, numbers dwindled, natural catastrophe finished them off with volcanic eruptions near italy

                                                              • Timothy Swag
                                                                Timothy Swag  2 days back

                                                                Average Neanderthal ejaculatory volume was about 300 cc

                                                                • Rocky johnson
                                                                  Rocky johnson  2 days back

                                                                  Interbreeding is what phased them out and makes the most sence and it continues today as that's how the genome gets stronger in a way.

                                                                  • fantmclwd
                                                                    fantmclwd  2 days back

                                                                    We are the only ones left because someone has to be.

                                                                    • Rise and Shine
                                                                      Rise and Shine  2 days back

                                                                      Just 10,000 years before he was born.... meanwhile we have only had planes for 130 years... computers 80.... Imagine where we will be in 10,000 years?

                                                                      • keenan Hatfie
                                                                        keenan Hatfie  2 days back

                                                                        Why are modern humans not different species? I am asking from a purely scientific standpoint since physical and genetic differences are real and apparent (while they have no bearing on the kind of person you are) I don't understand why each group of humans doesn't get its own classification?

                                                                        • renge9909
                                                                          renge9909  21 hours back

                                                                          Possibly because we interbreed without any difficulties.

                                                                      • Nicholas Joseph
                                                                        Nicholas Joseph  2 days back

                                                                        WHO IS STEVE?

                                                                        • gasoline cowboy
                                                                          gasoline cowboy  2 days back

                                                                          Science always expects belief, even though they have no problem tossing their former "facts" into the trash bin...:-)

                                                                          • Wolfkinn Playzz
                                                                            Wolfkinn Playzz  2 days back

                                                                            Imagine if there was another continent FULL of Neanderthals. What would you do?

                                                                          • therover65
                                                                            therover65  2 days back

                                                                            When modern humans met Neanderthals, of course they fought each other. This is the case today and into the future.

                                                                            • M E
                                                                              M E  1 days back

                                                                              You could say that, but without an ounce of evidence to back it up, you might as well be saying that Moses parting the seas was something that 'of course' happened. It's your opinion, not fact.

                                                                          • therover65
                                                                            therover65  2 days back

                                                                            Did the Neanderthals have different races? Ditto Homo sapiens of the time.

                                                                            • Green Man Diary
                                                                              Green Man Diary  2 days back

                                                                              It's crazy to keep saying "we" and "they"; we're both part part of human evolution. It should be looked at as a merging continuum instead of compartmentalized. Neanderthals didn't go "extinct." They were simply merged into the evolving modern human, and because the product was superior, Neanderthals faded away. I'm sure Homo heidelbergensis from around 500K years ago and Homo antecessor 1 mill. years ago will be proved as our descendants as well.

                                                                              • Tom Rose
                                                                                Tom Rose  2 days back

                                                                                dat is really quite funny as simona halep is from da romania too!!!

                                                                                • Perry bishop
                                                                                  Perry bishop  2 days back

                                                                                  Why are you ignoring substantial evidence of earlier traces of human in the americas, people have been disregarding this for years now I don’t understand why

                                                                                  • Al Morrison
                                                                                    Al Morrison  2 days back

                                                                                    So very interesting. I think hominin divergence is still taking place up to now, now, and in the future. Phenotype follows genotype up until the point where interbreeding results in no viable offspring. Observe the cultures around you and think.

                                                                                    • Random Pool Guy
                                                                                      Random Pool Guy  2 days back