Hobbit histories: the origins of Homo floresiensis

This 9-millimetre-wide fragment of tiny molar was the first evidence of an ancient, equally tiny, human. It was found in a recent archaeological dig on an island in Indonesia, and sheds new light on the origins of the creatures known as hobbits. Back in 2004, strange bones were discovered in Liang Bua cave on the […]

When Hobbits Were Real

We’d like to thank Raycon wireless earphones for supporting PBS. In October 2004, our understanding of the human family tree was turned upside down. That’s when anthropologists reported that they’d discovered the bones of a tiny, unknown hominin, on the Indonesian island of Flores. This little creature stood only about a meter tall and had […]

10 Mysterious Extinct Human Species

Are You Related to Neanderthals?

Do neanderthals exist today? Well, no. Not at all. These guys went extinct a very long time ago, but it is very possible that most of you watching this video right now actually have a percentage of your genes inherited from the Neanderthals. Some of you might even have genetic inheritances from other human species, […]

Why do the Elves like Trees? – The Story of the Dead White Tree in Gondor – Tolkien’s Lore in LotR

[As always these subtitles will have some mistakes in them] In my lore video about Aragorn’s bloodline and Númenor I said: I could make a whole video just about those white trees. Well here it is. As always: spoiler warning and I try to pronounce names as Tolkien described it, that also means a lot […]