Kurzgesagt goes deep into the history of the origin of humans in its latest animation explainer. And while it’s fun to see how far we’ve come, it’s almost more interesting to find out how little we know about the time before history.


For instance, we know that there were at least six other kinds of humans in the world that were comparable to our intelligence and ability. Then they became extinct, and we have no real idea why we (homo sapiens sapiens) are the only ones that survived.

But we can figure out our history by tracking the big breakthroughs that changed human life, like the ability to control fire or plants seeds. In those moments, it’s easy to see how our history begins to takes shape.

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