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 • 809

  • Brick Animations
    Brick Animations  21 hours back

    Europe had a large variety of animals , now it has almost none

    • Undaar Thorbran
      Undaar Thorbran  2 days back

      Controversial doesn't mean wrong though.

      • Klaus Gartenstiel
        Klaus Gartenstiel  4 days back

        wait. does that mean that humans are some kind of ape? that's crazy talk!

        • Antonio Almeida
          Antonio Almeida  1 weeks back


          • Tm Kav
            Tm Kav  2 weeks back

            When?? It's happening right now

            • jj binx
              jj binx  1 weeks back

              Awesome comment

          • Grimescene City
            Grimescene City  2 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  3 weeks back

              nowadays they use boats to get to italy

            • Mick Jelsma
              Mick Jelsma  3 weeks back

              Thanks! You have an excellent presentation here.

              • Rune Børsjø
                Rune Børsjø  3 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  4 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  1 months back

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

                        • Felix Philippe
                          Felix Philippe  4 weeks back

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

                        • qw ertyu
                          qw ertyu  1 months back

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

                      • Ryan. Dre
                        Ryan. Dre  2 months back

                        They still do

                        • Masterche1f43 Gaming
                          Masterche1f43 Gaming  2 months back


                          • Donald Wilson
                            Donald Wilson  2 months back

                            I wont stand for this kind of racism PBS

                          • Mark McMillan
                            Mark McMillan  2 months back

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

                            • Jay Seholm
                              Jay Seholm  2 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  3 months back

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

                                          • Jake Ryker
                                            Jake Ryker  3 months back

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

                                            • Michail Maris
                                              Michail Maris  3 months back

                                              Isn't there evidence that Neanderthals evolved in Europe?

                                              • Jeffrey wolynski
                                                Jeffrey wolynski  3 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  4 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