3 million years of human evolution, in like, a minute

This is Kenya, 3.3 million years ago. And
this is the oldest stone tool we’ve ever found. It may not look like much, but your ancestors
loved these things. Caveman: “I love this thing.” If you take a look at your hand, you might
understand why. These fragile fingers were mostly used for
eating and climbing, but really payed off when we realized we could throw rocks at things. Throwing rocks and using tools was very helpful
for hunting large game and getting more food. More food meant more free time. More free time meant more tools. And more tools made it easier to get more food. You let this happen for a few million years
and its not surprising why we can find so many stone tools. Now it’s 1 million years ago. What we find here are the oldest known remnants
of controlled fire. Fire use is important for a long list of reasons,
one of the most important being cooked food. Cooked food has more nutrients and is much
easier to chew and digest. This meant we could spend less resources on
large teeth and digestive tracts, and more resources on big brains. These big brains allowed for more think-think. Which led to better tools. Which led to more food. Which led to more thinking. Fire was also nice because there happened
to be a massive ice age going on. Here to explain the ice age and its effect on early humans, is Jeff a doctorate of geology. Jeff: “The most recent glacial maximum is part of what we call the Quaternary glaciation.” “Which had a major impact on prehistoric human population, migration, and settlement.” “All across the Northern hemisphere.” Police siren Officer: “Stop stop stop this video is only
a minute long and we are well past that.” Officer: “Sir your gonna have to come with me.” Jeff: ” I don’t think that necessary I think we’re good.” Officer: ” Are you resisting arrest?“ Cooler Officer: “RESISTING ARREST!” Officer: “He’s resisting arrest, get him outta here. Hey get that camera out of my face!” Officer: “All right people, let’s wrap
this video up.” Narrator: “Please subscribe and ring the bell to be notified of our next video
when we talk about the rise of civilizations” Jeff: “I know my rights! AND YOUR ACCENT SUCKS” Subscribe SUBSCRIBE SuBsCrIbE


  1. Low Budget History said:

    Believe it or not, when you compress 3+ million years into 1 minute, there are some things that get left out. So we’d like to point out that we portrayed the stereotypical caveman in this video, but the idea of a caveman is a bit of a misnomer. "Cavemen" got their name because some of the first hominin remains/paintings were found in caves. People assumed that our early ancestors must’ve spent most of their time in caves and gave them their now famous name. As time went on, archaeologists started finding remains in places other than caves and it became apparent that our early ancestors probably didn’t spend all of their time in caves. It’s more likely that hominins roamed all over, but their remains are easier to find in caves since caves have great conditions for preserving bones, fossils, paintings, tools, etc.

    October 11, 2019
  2. Hull History Nerd said:

    These always make me laugh, love the creepy 'subscribe' mantra!

    October 11, 2019
  3. Shelby Valenza said:

    Haha, love it!

    October 11, 2019
  4. Syd J said:

    The "large game" is so cute!!

    October 11, 2019
  5. David Solorzano said:

    "I know my rights and your accent sucks" heheh so funny ;')

    October 14, 2019
  6. Awnzeptai said:

    I love it!

    October 16, 2019
  7. Pixie and The Beard said:

    That ending cracked me up

    October 26, 2019
  8. Someone Something said:

    Our ancestors seem to like smiley faces on stones.

    October 27, 2019
  9. Be Memorable said:

    Low budget but high effort

    November 9, 2019

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