Why Humans Lived When Other Ancients Died (Part 3)

From Trace Dominguez. ( YouTube / Nebula )

After millions of years, humans are the last surviving advanced primate. Why us?
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What did we do differently than all our advanced primate cousins? The #neanderthals had art and trade and society, why didn’t they survive? According to my paleo-anthropology experts because of #adaptation, symbolism, and cumulative #culture.
0:00 Survivorship Bias
2:19 Define the terms
3:07 Adaptation
10:01 Symbolism
15:40 Cumulative Culture
19:35 So we persisted… now what?
As a crustacean poet once said, “The Human World, is a mess,” and boy was he correct. Our history is a patchwork of fossilized bones spread across the world. In the last 20 years, we’ve made huge leaps in our understanding of the human story, but we’re still trying to understand exactly *where* we came from and *why* we’re still here! This is especially confusing when you learn there were so many other ancient human-like creatures on this planet throughout our long history.

If you take one thing away from this series, I want you to know you’re a combination of millions of ancient animals toiling, adapting, evolving and breeding. Just ponder that for a while.
🤯SERIES LINKS: #HumanOrigins
PART 1 – What’s a human?
PART 2 – Ancient primate to Homo sapiens
PART 3 – Why us? Survivorship bias.
PART 4 – How we’re going to evolve next
PART 5 – 10,000 years from now…

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This is a HUGE source for all things human origins
The species that you and all other living human beings on this planet belong to is Homo sapiens. During a time of dramatic climate change 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens evolved in Africa. Like other early humans that were living at this time, they gathered and hunted food, and evolved behaviors that helped them respond to the challenges of survival in unstable environments.

How the survivorship bias distorts reality

More: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200827-how-survivorship-bias-can-cause-you-to-make-mistakes

Is this the stomach-turning truth about what the Neanderthals ate?
The idea of these early humans being plant-eating, self-medicating sophisticates has been brought into question by the findings of researchers at London’s Natural History Museum

Cows Almost Impossible To Domesticate, DNA Reveals
Cattle aren’t known for their intelligence. Perhaps it’s because their family tree has a very skinny trunk. (😍 Aww, Discovery News)

Endangered humanity:

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