The Sex Lives of Early Humans


Scientists might seem like the only group of people in the world who Aren’t really into a good gossipy sex scandal, but that, in fact, my friends, is not true at all They love to talk about sex Especially when it’s the sex lives of our prehistoric ancestors So, scientists are currently gossiping up a storm about the fact that our early ancestors, The first homo sapiens, may have interbred with some other species Which is weird It’s long been accepted by the scientific community that homosapiens, like me And probably you Originated in Africa around 200,000 years ago As far as we can tell, they stayed there for about 140,000 years, Until they started to get frisky and struck out into the unknown One of the things that those adventurous humans discovered out there in the wide world Was an older, more primitive, bigger-boned, species of great ape that we call Neanderthal You may call them NeanderTHals but we, and the scientific community, call them NeanderThals Because that’s what they called themselves Actually, it’s because that’s what the cave where their first fossils were found is called It was NeanderThal. Not NeanderTHal. It’s just how they spell it Neanderthals are, of course, related to humans, but their evolutionary lines had split about 350,000 years before But, just because Neanderthals and humans were not the same species, Did that prevent them from getting it on? No And it appears that we were similar enough species that we were actually able to create viable offspring Studies have shown that, despite the fact that Neanderthals went extinct about 40,000 years ago They live on In us According to this research, between one and 4 percent of human DNA is actually Neanderthal DNA So, you might as well unstitch your family crest from your smoking jacket But, Neanderthals might, actually, not be the only ancient hominids that humankind had intimate relations with The recently discovered Denisovans, Which probably shared more in common with Neanderthals than with humans Are showing up in the genome of people all over southeast Asia So, it turns out that we had a lot more choices of people Or, you know, sort-of people To mate with back in the olden days But, we’re not done messing with your conception of what humanity is yet, Because turns out that some of your ancestors may, in fact, have had sexy times with gorillas The reason they think this is not to do with our genome, it’s to do with the genome of lice And, stick with me, because yeah I bet you’re probably clicking away from the video right now So, most species of mammals have one species of lice that’s specific to them It lives on them and only them, but all over them Now, humans are a little different Because we have isolated pockets of hair We actually have two species of lice We have head lice and we have pubic lice And that’s different from every other mammals’ lice But, our pubic lice? Is very, very, surprisingly and upsettingly similar to the species that lives on gorillas No! God, no! Why did we even look into this? But, even if our ancestors were having sex with the ancestors of gorillas Which, hopefully, they weren’t I’m still keeping that as a possibility in my mind It probably was happening like 3.3 million years ago So, you probably don’t have to run straight to the shower and scrub your skin off with a pumice stone At the moment But, still, dang! Australopithecus You dirty dog If you ever want to watch an episode of Scishow again And I understand if you don’t But, if you do, please subscribe And you’ll be able to learn more horribly disturbing facts like the ones that we learned today Also, if you have questions, or comments, or ideas for other episodes of SciShow, You can get in touch with us on Twitter and on Facebook And, of course, in the YouTube comments below, where we will always be happily answering questions And we’ll see you next time Transcribed by Ethan M.

100 Comments

  1. R L said:

    I miss understood, so why do I like feet again?????

    September 17, 2019
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  2. Raymond Palmer said:

    This vid' makes vast assumptions and multiple errors.

    1. You're assuming that the elders weren't knowing when in fact they had direct access to the gods/extraterrestrials.

    2. A war took place in our solar system in 24000bc. It proves the early humans were further advanced than these of today. The more superior minds will have the most educated sexual passions, tensions and perversions.

    Where man lost his "wisdom" is the query…..

    September 18, 2019
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  3. Chris Booboo said:

    Iv been a fan of Hanks for some time now. Its fun to look back when he was more unscripted and offbeat. Still a good show but now more formal. To bad.

    September 18, 2019
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  4. John Markz said:

    Early humans are more intelligent and creative than this present generation..

    September 18, 2019
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  5. stephen swanepoel said:

    So there's no Adam and Eve then.??? ?

    September 18, 2019
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  6. Lelouch Vi Britannia said:

    Not my proudest wank.

    September 18, 2019
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  7. Edward Diaz said:

    BS.

    September 19, 2019
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  8. Veteran Bicycle said:

    The old Neanderthal versus Neandertall debate. This is hot stuff.

    September 20, 2019
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  9. petercraigg1 said:

    Hell yeah get it girl!! Boom chicka wow!! Lube it up!!

    September 20, 2019
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  10. Getmypastamasta said:

    I know what STDs are but where did it originate I’m assuming apes

    September 21, 2019
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  11. Bob Langford said:

    If people first originated in Africa, then I wonder if the first people were black. If Adam and Eve were real, wouldn’t they had been black.

    September 21, 2019
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  12. KHEM UGH! said:

    meron nga samin tumira ng manok. in english, Good thing i found this.

    September 21, 2019
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  13. Mary Curry said:

    You Talking About Your Own Ancestry. Yes, You All Came From The Caves Of Europe. And You All Claim A Country That's Not Legally Yours.

    September 21, 2019
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  14. Mina Mina said:

    Did this guy really said pubic lice, for real?

    September 21, 2019
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  15. khhnator said:

    omg, is this the evil dimension hawk?

    September 21, 2019
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  16. TB Gaming said:

    Me hunt mammoth Me make fire Me shove pp in other humans

    September 22, 2019
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  17. Lyfa Bills said:

    this guy is just high

    September 23, 2019
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  18. Nathan Venter said:

    It would look and sound like those creatures from the wrong turn

    September 23, 2019
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  19. Ntando Mkhize said:

    Australopithecus you dirty dog😂😂💔💔

    September 23, 2019
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  20. Suzanne Limas said:

    You are a boring kid. Why can't I ever hear something from an adult?

    September 24, 2019
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  21. Morgan Roberts said:

    yo I'm 13. Why is this recommended to me???

    September 25, 2019
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  22. themutantlizard said:

    I’d say behaviour wise the ancestors of humans were somewhere in between chimps and bonobos. With the violence of chimps and promiscuity of bonobos.

    September 25, 2019
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  23. marcus mendoza said:

    Doddy style or what?

    September 27, 2019
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  24. icebunny08 said:

    You kinda look like Edward Snowden :p

    September 28, 2019
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  25. Sharky’s Gaming Adventures said:

    Never heard that about pubic lice before. 😂

    September 29, 2019
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  26. C H said:

    You should have talked about how that 1% to 4% is not distributed equally across human populations. It only applies to populations of non African descent.

    October 1, 2019
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  27. There is always a rainbow After a little rain said:

    YouTube: “Hey you wanna hear about prehistoric sex?”

    Me: bet

    October 2, 2019
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  28. Chris Newcombe said:

    So, humans came out of Africa. How come we then get Neanderthals and Denisovans and then modern humans? It simply doesn't make sense. We either share one common ancestor or the Out of Africa theory is a load of bunkum.

    October 2, 2019
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  29. Raymond Stemmer said:

    They had a lot of sex to bring all the fools life today

    October 3, 2019
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  30. jguy fletch said:

    Your presentation needed a mature speaker. This kid presents as uneducated; a script reading dweeb. He's embarrassed into flabbergasted joking at the serious results produced in scientific genetics studies. Stop making less of the years of work that has been done.

    October 4, 2019
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  31. melissa jackson said:

    I stuck with it to the end, fascinating.

    October 5, 2019
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  32. Veronica Christopher said:

    Videos on early human daily life- 1 million views
    The creation of civilizations- 2 million views

    Early human sex- almost 10 million views

    #priorities #WTF

    October 7, 2019
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  33. LOVE WITH FOOD said:

    Looks like Heath Ledger

    October 8, 2019
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  34. Diego Jouaucon said:

    The beginnings of scishow…

    October 8, 2019
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  35. don milland said:

    I bet sex smelled badly Ewww

    October 9, 2019
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  36. Firefly said:

    Oh man that Hank beard was so cute!

    October 9, 2019
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  37. Michael Teret said:

    Bring back the beard!

    October 11, 2019
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  38. dakota barnard said:

    Why is this video like it is

    October 11, 2019
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  39. Michael Lowry said:

    OHH!!
    OAH!!
    (gutteral) AH!
    HAH!
    they found us out, sister!!
    FHAH!!

    October 12, 2019
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  40. Freedom B said:

    Yet no one wants to talk about the fact that we've all brought a whale home from the bar at least once.

    October 12, 2019
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  41. Alex Y said:

    Old school Hank with beard is SeXy

    October 12, 2019
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  42. Subscribe to me for no reason said:

    Isn’t what determines a species their ability to produce fertile offspring?

    October 12, 2019
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  43. The PseudoPiper said:

    I'm actually a equine.

    October 12, 2019
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  44. trialnterror said:

    Boom boom

    October 13, 2019
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  45. FlamingAtheist said:

    So many things make sense now
    Why i want to mate with everything
    The constant unga bunga noises
    The ability to swing from trees
    Why me not know sentence structure of funny brain man

    October 13, 2019
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  46. Adwoa D said:

    Omg HANK HI

    October 13, 2019
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  47. Ivelisse Perez said:

    Can’t show this to my 7thbgraders 😂😂😂😂

    October 13, 2019
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  48. Matthew Groves said:

    Indigenous Australians and Papua New Guinean bread with Neanderthal on their way to their countries

    October 14, 2019
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  49. zhydna said:

    literally why am I watching this I don't even have access to a time machine

    October 15, 2019
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  50. Izuki 101 said:

    2:53 Because they wanted you to say all of this

    October 15, 2019
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  51. G.T.O. The Public Beta Test said:

    Bones have since been found in Europe, which predate anything from the Rift Valley, so we’re no longer certain we originated in Africa.
    In fact, considering the continental land masses we currently occupy used to be one giant one, the very idea of objective geography relative to anthropology and archeology becomes a bit nebulous.

    October 16, 2019
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  52. David said:

    I got some neanderthal in me. I'm not ashamed.

    October 17, 2019
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  53. Alex Jennings said:

    forget the stone age class. Today we will learn about the bone age.

    October 18, 2019
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  54. wes c said:

    *better adapted for their environment not more primitive

    October 19, 2019
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  55. T3nMiDGET5711 said:

    I dunno bout you but gorrillas are like peoplish and all but I wouldn’t do one no im cool humanzees sound creepy

    October 19, 2019
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  56. Yasmin Silene said:

    i loved how awkward he was during the whole video lol

    October 20, 2019
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  57. Cyka BLYAT said:

    I'm interested

    October 21, 2019
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  58. Big Boss Snake said:

    The topic is already awkard but the host makes it more awkward. He's overreacting

    October 21, 2019
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  59. Bo Reed said:

    What about wen thay wore the gorilla skins wouldn't that cause transference??? Hello

    October 22, 2019
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  60. ss selmi said:

    Wait what?! He had a mustache ??

    October 22, 2019
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  61. Emma Heger said:

    Shave ur f*cking pubic hair

    October 23, 2019
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  62. Rafael Rivers said:

    I disliked, not because the video was bad, but because your awkwardness made me uncomfortable learning about a fact from history.

    October 23, 2019
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  63. Not Real said:

    This is the kind of video where at the end you say ok what exactly was your point?

    October 23, 2019
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  64. Dan Stromberg said:

    Do we know anything about the numbers of male and female homo sapiens sapiens who interbred in prehistory? And can we tell anything about their ages?

    I heard that there were small numbers of males breeding with larger numbers of females some time ago – but I don't know how long ago.

    October 24, 2019
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  65. GG Bro said:

    😏

    October 24, 2019
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  66. EfrainQuezada said:

    The only person that looks younger with facial hair

    October 24, 2019
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  67. Sonja haney said:

    O

    October 25, 2019
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  68. Leo Silva said:

    this dude sounds like he is not even sure of what he is talking about

    October 25, 2019
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  69. jjledzep said:

    2012 me thought he's sober
    2019 me thinks he's stoned

    October 26, 2019
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  70. Stellawolf Raven said:

    It's bad as a species our ancestors looked at others and did I'm gonna hit that. And they never stopped really

    October 27, 2019
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  71. raul ruiz said:

    Hoooow did we know that if I put it in a female we'd get a baby? Fish don't do this and we came from fish….rt?

    October 28, 2019
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  72. Andy Dufrense said:

    So basically our ancestors f****d anything that moved, kind of like my dog.

    October 28, 2019
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  73. I want my kids susan said:

    Everybody gangsta til the scientists start studying lice

    October 28, 2019
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  74. alterego said:

    Well, this explains Trump supporters…

    October 28, 2019
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  75. Kishan Giri said:

    Here we go to another YouTube recommendations..

    October 28, 2019
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  76. Kishan Giri said:

    Is this me or most of you think that this guy feeds on gamma radiations..

    October 28, 2019
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  77. Haram-Hunter said:

    I've never seen such an awkward nerd ever before. He's like straight outta a cartoon show😂😂

    October 28, 2019
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  78. Ravn The Warlord said:

    Neanderthals and Homo sapiens are too human species, not a different ape

    October 29, 2019
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  79. Jesse P said:

    There goes the whole racial discussion. What we have in common: We're all bloody mixed breeds 😀
    None better than other. None more pure than the other. What breaks the concept is a varying amount of DNA from a fully different species.

    October 29, 2019
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  80. YUNG BLESS said:

    So we live in the year 2020 but it really isn’t anywhere near 2020 but more 🤯

    October 29, 2019
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  81. Suchita Agrawal said:

    The funniest scishow video🤣👍

    October 29, 2019
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  82. Monica Reese said:

    😂

    October 29, 2019
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  83. Taunja Brockway said:

    Beastiality Ewwww.

    October 30, 2019
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  84. DEATHIAM6 said:

    beats on chest and says "Amy…Good Monkey" rotflmao

    October 31, 2019
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  85. DEATHIAM6 said:

    So…. Due to the presence of genetically similar lice, our ansesters got it on with gorillas? Now is that scientific fact or just theory?

    October 31, 2019
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  86. Jazzy’s I can do whatever the heck I want channel. said:

    I cried because of this video… why I cried because I was utterly disappointed and disgusted that my ancestors hanky pankyed with cave men.

    November 3, 2019
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  87. Iam _mariel said:

    Love your accent. 🤣

    November 3, 2019
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  88. Accio Bread said:

    I’ve never been on this channel before and deadass spent 2 mins thinking if this guy is Hank

    November 4, 2019
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  89. crazyjake229 said:

    Bring back the facial hair

    November 4, 2019
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  90. Emmanuel Rodriguez said:

    Since we originated from Africa, does that mean everyone has the n word pass 🤔

    November 4, 2019
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  91. BlueMio said:

    Goddamn, Hank seems so incredibly bored in these old episodes xD

    November 4, 2019
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  92. Anoneeemus1 said:

    see 100 REASONS EVOLUTION IS STUPID by Dr Kent Hovind or his 67 winning debates on the subject.REJECT this SATANIC lie/religion…get the real facts.

    November 4, 2019
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  93. Psyclotron xx said:

    Funny

    November 4, 2019
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  94. chief 1 redwolf said:

    Adam and Eve .

    November 5, 2019
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  95. Ash Martini said:

    I love how uncomfortable this made him 😂

    November 5, 2019
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  96. Brian Anderson said:

    I don't get all the overreacting, it's all interesting not "horribly disturbing".

    November 5, 2019
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  97. Waylen Edge said:

    Hank 7 years ago is not the same hank now!

    November 6, 2019
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  98. Jay Ramsey said:

    Right but…how did they bang? Was it all mechanical like other animals? Like it happened at a certain time of year and that was that? Or did they run around all rapey (society was a little different back then) and horny always?
    The unfortunate bit of info I just received about Gorillas has me leaning towards the latter conclusion.

    November 7, 2019
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  99. Jay Ramsey said:

    Learning why "Neanderthal" is pronounced the way it is almost made learning about the Gorillas worth it.

    November 7, 2019
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  100. Bijoy Gogoi said:

    Ancestors had less sex than present day humans. They were naked but didn't have bad feelings but modern day humans were clothes yet have sexual feelings. They had sex to reproduce but modern humans have most for pleasure than reproduce. Animalism slowly diminished or were in control after humans left the garden of Eden (forest of mother nature) to become free men and women in control of ourselves. I believe to what humans are today started with food, shame and shelther.

    November 8, 2019
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