How Humans Lost Their Fur 

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We’re the only primate without a coat of thick fur. It turns out that this small change in our appearance has had huge consequences for our ability to regulate our body temperature, and ultimately, it helped shape the evolution of our entire lineage.
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علم و فناوری

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2020 2 دسامبر





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M OUDZ پیش 8 ساعت
I haven't
Tomas Lorinc
Tomas Lorinc پیش 19 ساعت
sweating isn't gross, it's a superpower :)
Alessandra Figueiredo
Alessandra Figueiredo پیش 3 روز
We are the Sphinx of primates
Mr. Hemlock
Mr. Hemlock پیش 3 روز
Nevermind the fur/hair, I want to know about the transgenders... When did we humans start changing our sex whenever we feel like it... You know science.
Charlie Williams
Charlie Williams پیش 3 روز
I only have hair on my head. I dunno if that makes me more modern.
Nathaniel Anderson
Nathaniel Anderson پیش 3 روز
This doesn't explain why Bigfoot still has fur.
Charles Vigneron
Charles Vigneron پیش 3 روز
The Descent of Woman, by Elaine Morgan, is the finest theory I've ever read concerning this. The theory posited here doesn't explain the hyman, uniquely found among aquatic species. Same hold for the shape of our nose when other apes, save one, have forward vents. The apes with noses like ours, swims, too.
Kevin Byrne
Kevin Byrne پیش 4 روز
5:18 -- Why don't the scientists examine the human genome and determine when the "fur" gene was turned off ?
KrawattenBube پیش 4 روز
I have my fur still but i am tuskish every turk has like fur thats bulletproof so much we have
Katrina پیش 5 روز
So at what point was it determined that homo species could survive without fur? If it was necessary for our ape-like ancestors to have fur to keep them warm at night, I'm assuming at some point that was no longer an issue. Did the climate change, or was it connected to our growing brains which were gradually giving us the ability to make fire and fashion clothing?
Crystal Wolcott
Crystal Wolcott پیش 6 روز
If hair on the head is to protect from solar radiation what purpose does facial hair serve for men?
Roberto Atalla
Roberto Atalla پیش 6 روز
I haven't shed mine yet, any hopes?
Randy SoCal
Randy SoCal پیش 6 روز
All Life Started in Africa
Root And Tree
Root And Tree پیش 6 روز
I was thinking of that
Tim Galloway
Tim Galloway پیش 6 روز
10:03 "... and gross..." Whaaaat? Why gross? Sweating is awesome, as you happened to correctly explained, very well, earlier.
eat pant
eat pant پیش 6 روز
ME looking at my legs: So that means I'm MONKE😃
CorreaFamily پیش 7 روز
Lofl right.
Dirk Pelicano
Dirk Pelicano پیش 8 روز
If evolution real the why aren't monkeys evolving.
THE CIRCLE پیش 6 روز
You can use cricket for example. Try pick male female cricket and wait till it mate and lay an egg After that try kill the biggest one and give the other less food over week See how the size was changed over generation and you got micro evolution there. You act like apex predator to control population of the cricket while the cricket is actually trying to survive so it change size and more adapted to less food
THE CIRCLE پیش 6 روز
Evolve to what? Human? Other species can't and impossible for evolving to another already excited species Also that needs million years of time.
G پیش 9 روز
There's a theory that humans had a phase in evolution when we evolved along a shallow coastline, eating fish and crustaceans. It's called the aquatic ape theory. It might explain why we are having large brain capacity thanks to the eating habits, being bipedal and also why we have lost our fur.
THE CIRCLE پیش 6 روز
Tri Army
Tri Army پیش 10 روز
We were meant to not be lazy
GregoryTheGr8ster پیش 10 روز
One very critical aspect of having hairless skin is that you then can have tattoos, which are important for coolness (though not thermal coolness).
Ismail Vaseer
Ismail Vaseer پیش 10 روز
human who travel to north eurpean countries. why they have same like africans. Did they locked until they lost their fur?
DeLoachApproach پیش 11 روز
Ancient humans hunted as do African wild dogs - chase 'em 'till the drop.
Eric Gair
Eric Gair پیش 11 روز
The simian in the thumbnail looks like it knows my browser history.
Moog Williams
Moog Williams پیش 11 روز
So... How come poodles are the only dogs with hair if hair and fur is the same thing?
Krum Parvanov
Krum Parvanov پیش 11 روز
Im a nerd but you guys beat me
Jeremy Nunya
Jeremy Nunya پیش 12 روز
3:09 ok, this animation gotta be trolling 😂
Mithun Mohan
Mithun Mohan پیش 13 روز
So ironic when they are explaining the evolution and consider sweating gross 😂😂
Raven پیش 14 روز
Emagine we evolved to hairless human atleast i was born in this century
Baldur Vizla
Baldur Vizla پیش 15 روز
Ultimate bikini waxing
Baldur Vizla
Baldur Vizla پیش 15 روز
neissan saber
neissan saber پیش 18 روز
With thick fur, how animals make vitamin D?
Jeremy Mintz
Jeremy Mintz پیش 19 روز
Really appreciate having this more or less answered. So much for all the zany hypothesis in that Naked Ape book from the 60s, such as that we went from the trees to the shoreline and our hairlessness helped in our ability to swim.
William Moreno
William Moreno پیش 19 روز
Aquatic apes, that's why.
Larry D
Larry D پیش 19 روز
I have hair all over my body and scars on my knuckles.
sevekulla پیش 19 روز
How far has humanity come when a totally natural thing as sweating is described as gross???? Let’s face it, we humans drink and eat so we do number one and two! And since we are warm blooded we have to get rid of some heat and so we sweat! All natural!! On the other hand it should be fun if we panted instead in this day of mobile phones. Just imagine all those calls with heavy breathing....😂😂😂
68 greg
68 greg پیش 19 روز
we sweat 24 liters a day ?
Kesiif پیش 20 روز
I call modern humans: homo domesticus.
Джонатан д
Джонатан д پیش 20 روز
I like it
Kesiif پیش 20 روز
Radiation and cave like living
Kesiif پیش 20 روز
Red ochre sunscreen
Mirei پیش 21 روز
Ugh. Humans pant during exercises just like other animals, but panting doesn’t make us cooler. Instead we also have to sweat in addition to feeling like your chest will rip open with panting for no helpful reason. Just one uncomfortable feeling at a time please.
Will MB
Will MB پیش 22 روز
I wanna know why our hair is so long.
IDeO پیش 22 روز
My back, ears and nostrils beg to differ.
Pixy پیش 23 روز
Matthew Exline
Matthew Exline پیش 23 روز
The video could have been so much better if they could have had a mature narrator who didn't feel the need to describe quintessential human traits as "gross" every 30 seconds or so.
Miroslav Averchenko
Miroslav Averchenko پیش 24 روز
Rarámuri marathon runners can run for 60 hours and cover a distance of 420km. Homo Erectus: *proud*
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller پیش 24 روز
Frist came the egg, layed by the preevolution of the chicken and then came the chicken.
Ronald Zagorski
Ronald Zagorski پیش 24 روز
Persistence hunting, persistence shopping, we as a species are slow as crap, but go a long long time.
J. M. Pérez
J. M. Pérez پیش 25 روز
I have an uncle who is very very fury LOL
e e
e e پیش 25 روز
This is where science turns into fantasy
Джонатан д
Джонатан д پیش 20 روز
Which part is fantasy?
Mike Schirman
Mike Schirman پیش 25 روز
Anybody believe this is a primate
Patrick Nolan
Patrick Nolan پیش 25 روز
So I'm not hairy, I'm just optimally cooled and setup for effective pheromone dispersal. Good to know. 😉
Jeannine Cathcart
Jeannine Cathcart پیش 26 روز
Jeannine Cathcart
Jeannine Cathcart پیش 26 روز
THE CIRCLE پیش 6 روز
Yup That's from their colder climates ancestors dna
Christian O. Holz
Christian O. Holz پیش 26 روز
What's balding good for then?
Lucky Squire
Lucky Squire پیش 27 روز
one guy got a slick new cut and evolution thought that was pretty cool
tribe 33
tribe 33 پیش 27 روز
Yeah and lost all our strength lmao stupid
bornfuct پیش 28 روز
Well, my wife is devolving then...
ROBY The RUBY پیش 29 روز
Kids,who lost their fur by evolution?! Homo sapiens!
crudecod پیش ماه
it's surprising to see how BAD and unintuitive the graphics are at 3:25. You keep looking at that yellow bar, you don't understand a thing, nothing registers
Olivier Bourque
Olivier Bourque پیش ماه
On cloudless nights it can get very cold. Keeping fur would be an asset then, unless they figured out how to use fire and wear furs?
Nacereddine Challal
Nacereddine Challal پیش ماه
So hairy men ... r not well evolved ? (Natural selection joined the chat)
Holm86 پیش ماه
If we lost our fur to become more efficient endurance hunters, then why are men the most hairy?? And why are humans the only animal where hair grows unstoppable on the head/face?
dangding Bo
dangding Bo پیش ماه
Some Italian friends of mine defy this evolution
44yvo پیش ماه
Why does human hair grow infinitely? Most furs stay the same length.
Allister Smith
Allister Smith پیش ماه
I wonder when the water bottle was invented? Was it a gourd, or an animal bladder, or what?
Jonathan Barritt
Jonathan Barritt پیش ماه
You lost me after 10 mins
Alice F
Alice F پیش ماه
Mom I want scishow Mom: we have scishow at home Scishow at home: ^^^
Shiro Ganie
Shiro Ganie پیش ماه
Does this mean we hairy men are behind in terms of evolution? Lmao
* Crow *
* Crow * پیش ماه
We aren’t evolving we’re going opposite of that..
Джонатан д
Джонатан д پیش 20 روز
Evolution isn't directional lmao there is no goal.
Emma Jones
Emma Jones پیش ماه
Plenty of men are super hairy in this day and age. It's women who are hairless.
Matt S. McKay
Matt S. McKay پیش ماه
What a video!!!
D. Michael Martindale
D. Michael Martindale پیش ماه
Curious how a science channel still feels a need to make a barrage of juvenile sweat jokes.
John Thumble
John Thumble پیش ماه
You should wait until they start talking about pregnant people instead of woman or refering 50000 gender as science....
JCS پیش ماه
The shift to eating meat must have played an important role.
Mícheál John Ó Meachair
So this ability to sweat gave us the ability to drink coffee, and to get overly-passionate about MCU topics, or Catan tactics, grammar, ... the list goes on! ;-)
Джонатан д
Джонатан д پیش 20 روز
Lmao Catan tactics
Orville Carnegie
Orville Carnegie پیش ماه
lily پیش ماه
Why did I read fun instead of fur. Got confused when they started speaking about heat and stuff :D
John Doe
John Doe پیش ماه
What about clothing? I think you may be missing that part of the story! Surely an ape capable of making fire, would also be able to skin an animal, dry it somehow and wear it thereafter!? Am I right or am I right?
uncle darren
uncle darren پیش ماه
Nair for short shorts started it all😂
Warren Madrigal
Warren Madrigal پیش ماه
i don't think sweat is gross... we excrete a lot of things worse than sweat, Eons should know better 💩
weeb پیش ماه
I still have mine.
m tek
m tek پیش ماه
What about NEOTENY?
Who is he? I forgot his name
Grow fur, revert to monke
Geo پیش ماه
I thought you could say Homo----sapien anymore ???
John Thumble
John Thumble پیش ماه
You can say whatever you want, you just have to ignor the group of screaming and crying alphabet people sitting in the corner.
David Cervantes
David Cervantes پیش ماه
I have a question though. If losing fur is the result of running forever after a deer or whatever, why did girls lose even more fur than men, if men were supposedly the ones hunting most of the time? Sorry about my English, it is still improving.
David Cervantes
David Cervantes پیش ماه
You guys lost your fur.jpg?
xmrtuvgs پیش ماه
Sweat is not gross! Why did girls evolve, to think the body is gross? When it comes to hair, my dad was half gorilla. Me, smooth as a baby's but, LOL. Instant evolution ;-)
Moncef پیش ماه
Many animals have been running for thousands of years and didn't lose their furr. Elephants and hipos don't run and they don't have thick furr 🤷🏻‍♂️
Why did i
Why did i پیش ماه
Annonimoose Q
Annonimoose Q پیش ماه
4:34 that there is some very deliberate framing
scott krash
scott krash پیش ماه
u mean hair ? we have hair not fur
Gregory Mazulli
Gregory Mazulli پیش ماه
Hair and fur are exactly the same and chemically/structurally identical
F F پیش ماه
We had fur
0Letten0 پیش ماه
I heard that we lost our fur because early humans liked to swim in the shallow seas of Sahara. I really liked that idea but I guess this makes more sense.
Larry Foster
Larry Foster پیش ماه
Lol why do people still believe we used to be monkeys
John Thumble
John Thumble پیش ماه
@THE CIRCLE why are you telling me this?
THE CIRCLE پیش ماه
@John Thumble theory in science means hipotesis that came from fact. Also we don't evolve from apes or even monkey, but we're classified as apes in taxanomy Human apes and monkey are came from same common ancestors
FumbleSquid پیش ماه
@Larry Foster You know all of science is composed of theories right? You can't get higher than a theory. The common definition of theory is different from the academic one. Also none of this changes the fact that we are apes and are composed of the same kind of cellular machinery all life is. It wouldn't make any sense if we weren't related.
John Thumble
John Thumble پیش ماه
@Larry Foster lol wtf does the definition have to do with anything 😂 mate if you keep posting comments with your forehead you're going to forget how to breath...
Larry Foster
Larry Foster پیش ماه
@FumbleSquid it's all theory
auxiz11 پیش ماه
What a fiction.. I like how human imagine things.. amazing! Lol
Dale Boxsell
Dale Boxsell پیش ماه
Humans never had fur.
Robert Pietraru
Robert Pietraru پیش ماه
You sure mate?
Bimmer Boy
Bimmer Boy پیش ماه
I'm going to assume nobody on this show has ever seen a hairy old man that looks like an ape
Ian Ó Ceallaigh
Ian Ó Ceallaigh پیش ماه
My hair is certainly not microscopic. Robin Williams level
Redaoun Bezakarn araby
Humans have a special rank in the pyramid of existence
But we weren't true hunters, rather we would practice scavenging. So, what would be the reason we lost hair taking into account this?
Robert Bright
Robert Bright پیش ماه
I like the water ape hypothesis
Milena Ninova
Milena Ninova پیش ماه
I don't get why she keeps on saying sweating is gross, especially since she is scientifically explaining how efficient and cool it is - sweating is natural and necessary 😂
MG پیش ماه
Only a build up of sweat is nasty, that is where showers come in handy.
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