When We Met Other Human Species


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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: https://252mya.com/

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If modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and they're children were able to reproduce, why do we consider Neanderthals a different species? Aren't we more like different breeds of dogs, than cats and tigers?

1 hour ago

He said Neanderthal alot!

1 hour ago

"An interbreeding event"? I think I've seen this one...

2 hours ago

Dont forget humans have always killed off spicies wheather they where humans or animals

2 hours ago

I hate how you say neanderthal but very interesting o.0

2 hours ago

why haven't you mentioned the Denisovan remains found in North America in Los Angeles and San Diego in the past 4 years and in Peru and Chile
They were in the America's thousands of years before the Native Americans arrived from Asia and before the Solutreans arrived from Europe

2 hours ago

I like the Minecraft soundtrack playing in the back

5 hours ago

Vegeta's voice: So that means Africans are the only true pure blooded Homosapions

5 hours ago

Where did the different species come from in the first place. Did they just suddenly pop up from nothing?

5 hours ago

Ya but where does Tony Ferguson fit into all this?

6 hours ago

Only humans with neanderthal admixture have successful space programs. Just sayin.

6 hours ago

Correlation is not causation...

3 hours ago

Those who came out of Africa had no Neanderthal admixture, which we do... They weren't us!

6 hours ago

Let me guess, we took out the other hominids just like we're doing to many other animals today?

6 hours ago

Im gonna keep calling them dennahsovans, you cant stop me.

6 hours ago

Isn't the def of a species split that the animals can no longer mate?

7 hours ago

Thank you for this presentation - as our knowledge grows it makes one excited to learn more!
Signed, human happy to have 304 genetic variants that can be traced to the Neanderthals-
This is more than 89% of 23andMe participants to date.......no ooogh about it!

7 hours ago

Ju liar u said videos every Tuesday now it is Wednesday

8 hours ago

Well, here's a question - isn't it somewhat a definition of separating 2 species that they can't interbreed between them, at least not without producing an infertile offspring?
Humans & other hominids being able to interbreed almost sounds like them being the same "species", just different "races" so to say. Following that logic one could assume that migrating & thus "mixing" would end up unifying both "branches" into a single, somewhat "modified", one. If one "race" has more "attractive" quantities (lets say - human females generally preferring human males over other humanoid males for some reason) together with the numbers advantage (the smaller group always has less of a footprint than the larger group, you could say it gets diffused into it) this could lead to an eventual unifying into a single branch that continues with the others somewhat "going extinct" (even if a better term for that would be others getting "absorbed" into it).


Well, that's just my nonsense thinking

8 hours ago

Breeding and producing fertile offspring is the biological species concept, which is not widely used today, because it ignores evolution as a continuous process affecting all populations. If a group of organisms comes from a distinct lineage, with a unique and relevant evolutionary history, it is understand that it deserves to be named and classified as a distinct species, even if it is possible that occasional interbreeding with others populations results in fertile offspring. Also, reproduction should not be used to unite different groups because it is a basal caracteristic, that can be shared or not among all descendants of a common ancestor, like there are examples of species A, B and C, in wich species A and B are more closely related but can't interbreed, but interbreed between A and C occurs.

1 hour ago

It sounds like you're saying homonyms.

9 hours ago

So we bred with people who were fitter physically to survive but they died out. Yea, that makes sense. (not) How come we made it that far if we were less fit than neanderthals? Plus different species cannot usually interbreed. Something tells me they don't really have a clue.

9 hours ago

They aren’t a different species

3 hours ago

Stole this name from Me

10 hours ago

good video, thanks for posting!

11 hours ago

We are the last monkey on the branch. We are poised to destroy mankind as we did before primitive man restarted the human race. The recycling reinvention of nuclear warfare will end the existence of the last monkey again. We are so busy inventing the invisible enemy that we don't realize where we are heading. 🙊

11 hours ago

So, basically weak homo-sapiens of Africa were banished from local tribes for some nasty deeds. They wondered into cold Europe, lewd local Neanderthals there, took their staff and bounce. On their way to Asia they met Denisovans and screwed their wahmen too. After some fun in Asia they gone swimming to Japan, Pacific islands and Americas? What a journey, nice trip DNA :D

11 hours ago

I thought "human" was the species? Do they mean other races?

12 hours ago

@msd Because it's the current form of Homo Sapien. There were other subspecies of Homo Sapian in the past, such as Homo Sapian Idaltu.

2 hours ago

@Alex Ruddies Why does "Sapian Sapian" double the name like that?

2 hours ago

Well, all those in the genus Homo are human. Like Homo Sapien Sapien, Homo Erectus, Homo Neanderthalis, Homo Habilis, etc...

3 hours ago

I think sexually transmitted diseases and other diseases might have killed off the Neanderthals.

13 hours ago

When humans meet other species don't we eat them? Haven't met a species I didn't like, as long as it's cooked right!

13 hours ago

Our super power sex and persuasion

13 hours ago

probably some bard was around

14 hours ago

So many of us who are of European and Asian descent aren't 100% human? Cool.

14 hours ago

We are, we're still part of the genus Homo, so we're very much 100% human. 👍

3 hours ago