When Apes Conquered Europe

  • Published: 12 December 2018
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    Today, our closest evolutionary relatives, the apes, live only in small pockets of Africa and Asia. But back in the Miocene epoch, apes occupied all of Europe. Why aren’t there wild apes in Europe today?

    Special thanks to AfricanFossils.org for allowing us to use their images of Proconsul and Ekembo fossils.

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Comments • 806

  • Antonio Almeida
    Antonio Almeida  3 days back


    • Tm Kav
      Tm Kav  1 weeks back

      When?? It's happening right now

      • jj binx
        jj binx  4 days back

        Awesome comment

    • Grimescene City
      Grimescene City  1 weeks back

      All the animal's alive today are technically 500m million years worth of evolution and are the most successful of the species they represent and gene pool which is why their alive today. It's sad to think humans will decide to intervene with nature by executing an entire species but did theh know any different? I doubt it, they most likely did it out if fear.

      • Karon Neevits
        Karon Neevits  2 weeks back

        nowadays they use boats to get to italy

      • Mick Jelsma
        Mick Jelsma  2 weeks back

        Thanks! You have an excellent presentation here.

        • Rune Børsjø
          Rune Børsjø  2 weeks back

          Oh, it's a video about the future of Europe JK :-P

          • voiceless glottal fricative

            What if one of these guys evolved and whatever species we were at the time just died out

            • just me
              just me  3 weeks back

              I would like to see an episode about the evolution of teeth, particularly wisdom teeth.

              • Kairikey
                Kairikey  3 weeks back

                I have to remind myself that the plate-tectonic changes they talked about is a slow gradual change rather than sudden spike of change like meteor or eruption

                • White Wolf
                  White Wolf  4 weeks back

                  How in the hell you know what happened 10 million years ago stupid I don't get it

                  • Felix Philippe
                    Felix Philippe  3 weeks back

                    "i don't understand something, must be because it's stupid. definitely not because i'm a dumbass."

                  • qw ertyu
                    qw ertyu  4 weeks back

                    It can be inferred from carefully studying fossil records and geology.

                • Ryan. Dre
                  Ryan. Dre  1 months back

                  They still do

                  • Masterche1f43 Gaming
                    Masterche1f43 Gaming  1 months back


                    • Donald Wilson
                      Donald Wilson  1 months back

                      I wont stand for this kind of racism PBS

                    • Mark McMillan
                      Mark McMillan  1 months back

                      Where do the apes of Gibraltar fit in, I wonder.

                      • Jay Seholm
                        Jay Seholm  1 months back

                        every time I hear about Steve. who it this person? I would like to see this person sometime.

                        • Francis Lim
                          Francis Lim  2 months back

                          Many prehistoric animals living in and around the Northern Hemisphere existed because those areas were once tropical but gradually turns cool allowing them to evolve wools and thick hairs,just like us humans,the Northerners are bigger and hairier while the tropical Java man were small,apes probably disappeared from Europe because of lesser trees and migrates south into the tropics.

                          • Me Too
                            Me Too  2 months back

                            It all started in 2015 and is still going on. 🤢🤢

                            • Harry
                              Harry  2 months back

                              please elaborate

                          • Shane Williams
                            Shane Williams  2 months back

                            What a smug ape

                            • late esport
                              late esport  2 months back

                              They lifespan is thousand years old thats why we can found homonoid fossil everywhere around the world

                              • Jay Carlsen
                                Jay Carlsen  2 months back

                                If it has a Midtarsal Break across the Foot , and a Sloping Forehead ? Then it was a Sasquatch.

                                • Andrew Nel
                                  Andrew Nel  2 months back

                                  It has been suggested since 1960s that humans with our hairless skin and blubber was descended from an ape that was making an aquatic transition like the ancestor of whales. Reference: Ted Talks channel.

                                  • spim randsley
                                    spim randsley  2 months back

                                    Fun fact: Hominini was a branch of simians that specialized as escape artists

                                    • Jake Ryker
                                      Jake Ryker  2 months back

                                      Wifi Molars... o.O I was expecting: bluetooth~

                                      • Michail Maris
                                        Michail Maris  2 months back

                                        Isn't there evidence that Neanderthals evolved in Europe?

                                        • Jeffrey wolynski
                                          Jeffrey wolynski  2 months back

                                          Great video! I have designed a new theory of planet formation and my friend Baz gave it life. Here is a graphics video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM0Hi0YwAJA&t=2s Share with your friends and family!

                                          • Don farlan
                                            Don farlan  3 months back

                                            Looks like they be better off with no Humans in there lowcal

                                            • Elizabeth Sucher
                                              Elizabeth Sucher  3 months back

                                              Can you do a short on the origin of Steve?

                                              • Steve P
                                                Steve P  3 months back

                                                I found this well stated about the lack of proof of the last common ancestor of apes and man!

                                                • Parker87s Parody Archive
                                                  Parker87s Parody Archive  3 months back

                                                  1:27 This is debatable =)

                                                  • shadetreader
                                                    shadetreader  2 months back

                                                    Parker87 The real debate is whether you’re a paid troll or just another volunteer racist.

                                                • Iain Mawhinney
                                                  Iain Mawhinney  3 months back

                                                  i don’t know about ouranopithecus and graecopithecus being hominins, in class i got the idea that eurasian great apes were actually closely related to orangutans like another grass-eating ground-living ape, sivapithecus; instead of homininae, at least some of them were ponginae

                                                  • BrosMinecraft2
                                                    BrosMinecraft2  3 months back

                                                    most people are saying that its happening again

                                                  • Azmir F
                                                    Azmir F  4 months back

                                                    They still conquer Europe

                                                    • Hector Beauregard
                                                      Hector Beauregard  4 months back

                                                      It's happening again right now

                                                      • shadetreader
                                                        shadetreader  2 months back

                                                        Hector Beauregard Found the racist

                                                    • Pup314
                                                      Pup314  4 months back

                                                      Those apes that had human traits were convergent evolution.

                                                      • Eclipse
                                                        Eclipse  4 months back

                                                        Started in 2014 I believe.

                                                        • Dan Nava
                                                          Dan Nava  4 months back

                                                          Great video

                                                          • SebMeister
                                                            SebMeister  4 months back

                                                            About to happen again

                                                            • SebMeister
                                                              SebMeister  2 months back

                                                              @shadetreader It can be funny though

                                                            • shadetreader
                                                              shadetreader  2 months back

                                                              SebMeister Racism isn’t clever.

                                                          • Alex
                                                            Alex  4 months back

                                                            Damn, its crazy to think that if this ape was never discovered we would have never had oreos.

                                                            • celestial vibrationz
                                                              celestial vibrationz  4 months back

                                                              PBS Eons smart channels. Always informative. I've learned so much! Thx u... 🙏

                                                              • Merluzz
                                                                Merluzz  4 months back

                                                                That's how French people came out

                                                              • Serratus
                                                                Serratus  4 months back

                                                                You're killing me :( i love them

                                                                • Willaim R. Kirkland
                                                                  Willaim R. Kirkland  4 months back

                                                                  Of course now, illegals have returned to Europe.  What goes around, comes around.  Right?

                                                                  • shadetreader
                                                                    shadetreader  2 months back

                                                                    Willaim R. Kirkland Racist troll 🖕

                                                                • cdarbo 98
                                                                  cdarbo 98  4 months back

                                                                  The evolution of pandas would be interesting. Like they should have died out so long ago.

                                                                  • Andrew Nuttall
                                                                    Andrew Nuttall  4 months back

                                                                    I would love to see your take on Doggerland. There isn’t enough about it on YouTube and I find it fascinating

                                                                    • Shamim sk
                                                                      Shamim sk  4 months back

                                                                      Well this one look more like gibbons

                                                                      • Axel DeAgne
                                                                        Axel DeAgne  4 months back

                                                                        I thought I was gonna see a documentary about the Islamic occupation in Europe!

                                                                        • Invisible Shooter
                                                                          Invisible Shooter  5 months back

                                                                          This might have something to do with Caucasians having the rh factor just my opinion not fact

                                                                          • nromk
                                                                            nromk  5 months back

                                                                            There are no wild living apes in Europe

                                                                            Homo sapiens:am I joke to you