Lucy and the missing link between apes and humans with Vsauce2 | Hyper History


Hey! Kevin here, from the YouTube Science channel, Vsauce2. For years the question of the MISSING LINK dominated anthropology. How did we transition from knuckle-scraping apes, to bipedal humans? Chances are you may have heard of Lucy — the Australopithecus Afarensis discovered in East Africa in 1974. But have you heard of her dubious predecessor — the PILTDOWN MAN? Ready?! Here we go. Set the scene. Victorian London. Powdered Wigs. Penny Farthings. Walk down the street and you’d hear conversations like this… VICTORIAN GUY#1: Pray tell, have you proffered a gander at Gwendomeer of late? VICTORIAN GUY#2: Oh yes… VICTORIAN GUY#1: Indubitably
VICTORIAN GUY#1: Quite. On December 18th, 1912 Newspapers around the globe reported a shocking discovery — The MISSING LINK between humans and apes had been found — discovered by scientific genius CHARLES DARWIN. Wait…that can’t be right..
Ohhhhh — DAW-SON. Amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson found the missing link just outside THE PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB in Sussex. A human skull, an ape-like jaw, the DAWN MAN was touted as confirmation of Darwin’s theory of Evolution. Except… it was a fake.
It took 30 years to realize that this skull had been doctored– the jawbone weathered to match the gravel. Primate teeth filed down to approximate wear patterns. The question became — who would go to such lengths to create this elaborate hoax? “And suspect number one became…” Sherlock Holmes …creator, SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. The famous mystery writer collected fossils in his freetime, played golf at Piltdown, and even boasted about how easy it would be to forge a fossil in one of his novels. He was eventually cleared of suspicion when it was confirmed that Charles Dawson — not Darwin — orchestrated the whole thing. Initially investigators ignored him altogether because he seemed too dimwitted to pull of a hoax of this magnitude — oops. I guess they were wrong on that one. It wasn’t until Lucy was discovered in 1974 that the scientific community was able to rid itself of the stink of the Piltdown man. Lucy was legit. The first omnivorous ancestor of man. She was discovered while paleoanthropologists were listening to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds — hence the name Lucy. Pretty groovy, right? Lucy was a hugely significant scientific discovery. But the truth is Lucy isn’t the MISSING LINK. She’s not that elusive common ancestor. She isn’t the answer we’ve been searching for. But that’s… a good thing. That’s exciting. Because that’s science. Boldly walking towards the dark corners of our understanding. Taking it bit by bit. Step by step. It’s not about the destination — it’s about the ride. Because if you try and cut the corners on the scientific method — you end up w/ Piltdown Man. And that’s no good. Right, Victorian guys? VICTORIAN GUY#1: Indubitably
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Comments 29

  • Loving these new videos 😀 Great work Kevin 😀

  • Viscosity about

  • INDUBIDALY

  • What ride was that @ 2:38?! That's some flat ride…

  • 2:33 Haa! Funniest joke by a good bit.

  • What's the name of the song playing in the background?

  • 2:40 is that a jab at Apple? They've been cutting a lot of corners lately…

  • I love English stereotyping 🙂 It always gives me a good chuckle 🙂

  • yea evolution is a theory from one old terrible man who had no scientific background and if you have hundreds of Millions of apes and monkeys and billions of humans inevitably there would be… Plenty of bones at least of the Neanderthal but all you have are fakes because fake expresses fiction

  • between piltdown and Lucy the general public has been falsely indoctrinated with a fictional Tale 4 over 65 years years

  • So the whole missing link evidence has been fabricated to fit an agenda? Sounds about right.

  • It's Indubitably…

  • Esta muy bien pero yo no hable ni entiendo el ingles.

  • MISSING LINK IS RUSSIAN SHUNGITE METEOR FULLERENES, CARBON ROCK WITH BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE, ALMOST ALL PERIODIC TABLE ELEMENTS, SELF REPLICATES ITSELF. 650 BILLIONS YEARS OLD. MAYBE FIRST LIFE ON EARTH. IT LEARNED TO RECREATE ITSELF IN DARKNESS SELF KNITTING Ai, ROBOTS, MAKING MACHINES, COMING UP TO CHANGE THEIR HARVEST LIVING ON EARTHS SURFACE. NOW USED AS BIOWEAPON FOR DEPOPULATION.

  • LUCY IS CODE FOR LUCIFER, IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS IS THE ALIEN/DEMONS IN DIAMOND SHAPED CRAFTS.

  • MUSEUM SHOWED EVOLUTION AND MAN LOOKED LIKE SASKWATCH UNTIL THE LAST MODIFICATION. THEY ARE PULLING OUR CHAIN. THEY HAVE TO PRETEND TO KNOW THINGS LIKE THIS. CAN'T ADMIT THEY 'DONT'KNOW'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MISSING LINK IS RUSSIAN SHUNGITE METEOR FULLERENES, CARBON ROCK WITH BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE, ALMOST ALL PERIODIC TABLE ELEMENTS, SELF REPLICATES ITSELF. 650 BILLIONS YEARS OLD. MAYBE FIRST LIFE ON EARTH. IT LEARNED TO RECREATE ITSELF IN DARKNESS SELF KNITTING Ai, ROBOTS, MAKING MACHINES, COMING UP TO CHANGE THEIR HARVEST LIVING ON EARTHS SURFACE. NOW USED AS BIOWEAPON FOR DEPOPULATION.

  • SAME WAY WITH DNA TO PUSH A WHITE EGYPT ETC. THE WALL CARVINGS AND PAINTINGS DONT LIE

  • The missing link has never been found and it never will. Because they don’t exist evolutionists. Duh

  • Lucy was proving as a fake

  • More bullshit from mortal men known as scientists who some fools hold in high esteem because they have a degree and diploma that they earned by memorizing shit that has been in existence all along but is slowly over time being discovered by men than celebrated by men as a great find while at schools they teach men and women things that have always been here and therefore because they can remember these things and put them into practice by teaching others what they've memorized or tell the public this is this way or that is that way because we know we have papers proving we know and if you don't believe us ask another memorizing expert like me and they also have these papers and we are smarter than you so you must agree because to think otherwise is nonbalmbodistic a word I just made up and I'll give the definition after I make one up.

  • if evolution is true, why human stop from evolving?

  • Homo Luzonesis.

  • There is no missing link, lucy is from Africans, geez just look at their Gorilla noses and baboon lips. Enough said, case closed.

  • We came from Adam and Eve

  • Ofc we never came from apes they would’ve evolved already there wouldn’t be any apes if that was true

  • Evolution isn't real that's why there's no link stupid

  • This doesn't bode well for evolutionary biologists. The whole diagram of apes transforming into humans also seems to be a nice hoax taught as scientific fact in high schools and universities around the country.

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