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 • 808

  • Klaus Gartenstiel
    Klaus Gartenstiel  10 hours back

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

    • Antonio Almeida
      Antonio Almeida  6 days back


      • Tm Kav
        Tm Kav  1 weeks back

        When?? It's happening right now

        • jj binx
          jj binx  7 days 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  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  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  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  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  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