The Past We Can Never Return To - The Anthropocene Reviewed

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In September of 1940, an 18-year-old mechanic named Marcel Ravidat was walking his dog, Robot, in the countryside of Southwestern France when the dog disappeared down a hole. Robot eventually returned but the next day, Ravidat went to the spot with three friends to explore the hole.
And after quite a bit of digging, they discovered a cave with walls covered with paintings, including over 900 paintings of animals, horses, stags, bison and also species that are now extinct, including a wooly rhinoceros. The paintings were astonishingly detailed and vivid with red, yellow and black paint made from pulverized mineral pigments that were usually blown through a narrow tube, possibly a hollowed bone, onto the walls of the cave. It would eventually be established that these artworks were at least 17,000 years old.

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  1. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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    Ohai everybody! Something different today, make sure to watch it to the end! John Green is reading one of his reviews of our modern world, from his Podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed, which you should check out! I haven't said this often enough publicly, but John and Hank Green, the Vlogbrothers and first generation science ILcyclers are the reason Kurzgesagt exists today. In the very literal sense, that when I saw the first episode of Crash Course World History as a student in university I decided to try to do something similar. Doing Kurzgesagt was very hard for the first few years, for a variety of reasons. What made it easier was the kind advice and real world help we got from John and Hank to make this channel work and not burn out. Over the years we became friends - and to me the genuine nature of their work is still inspiring. My team and I try to do the same with Kurzgesagt. To be driven by the values we believe in and not by the outside world. So when John asked me if we maybe would illustrate and animate one of his essays, it was an easy yes. This is the result and we hope you like it. Thank you for watching and reading - Philipp

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  2. Kamiskēnaw


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    Being First Nations (Native American), Saulteaux and Cree from Saskatchewan, Canada. This isn't too far off from our art, though ours was more complex. We used a lot of these painting in the old days to share stories, to demonstrate teachings and to represent culture/beliefs. Maybe if people would come and talk to our elders and stuff it is likely that you can learn lots about these historical articles by learning how we did things. Maybe it is not so different, we still do retain a ton of knowledge.

  3. Klaus Klaus Klaus

    Klaus Klaus Klaus

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    Honestly this video resurfaced my existential crisis. Great video by the way!



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    Wait the voice is very familiar

  5. Bob Drooples

    Bob Drooples

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    It was this big.

  6. Anna93


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    How very beautiful

  7. Light Fall On The Head

    Light Fall On The Head

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    who calls their dog robot

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    shy cucumber

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    where face

  9. 이공후


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    진짜 감동적이다..

  10. Austin Bush

    Austin Bush

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    I am a child! if u count a ten year old as one

  11. zecmo


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    This was beautiful. Thank you.

  12. Carmela's Crochet Workshop

    Carmela's Crochet Workshop

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    "... art isn't optional for humans" Art teachers: yes

  13. Team Seven

    Team Seven

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    That’s amazing 🤩

  14. udo kotela

    udo kotela

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    Crash course helped me so much during high school , thank you green brothers

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    Ömer Ege

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  16. Yogurt


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    So beautiful

  17. Jay GamerTV

    Jay GamerTV

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    "Do if you've ever been a child..." Can't relate.

  18. Peepee PooPoo

    Peepee PooPoo

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    Immortal through art

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    try just try and stop

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  20. Daniel Matos

    Daniel Matos

    11 ימים לפני

    This is a beautiful video. I can understand that you leave this page in a neutral mood, nor like, neither dislike. But I cannot fathom what kind of mental issues someone needs to have to dislike this video. But, SRSLY, 9.1K (march 2021) dislikes?? WTF people? We. Are. Doomed.

  21. scar


    12 ימים לפני

    Nooo where’s the British man narrator

  22. Brukujin Brokujin

    Brukujin Brokujin

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    I think the cave is ancient classroom where teacher teach new or young hunters on animal taxonomy. it is there both as purpose and art. this means education has been part of human culture far earlier than we thought

  23. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper

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    "We hope you enjoyed this video-" You hoped ? You bet we did

  24. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper

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    5:38 We were here We existed And we want that memory preserved Memento Mori Unus Annus Sorry had to say that

  25. Isaiah Weight

    Isaiah Weight

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    I’m unexpectedly emotional over this, I nearly cried

  26. Kenny Wells

    Kenny Wells

    14 ימים לפני

    Wait... John Green can talk at a normal speed!?!

  27. Giovanni Lido

    Giovanni Lido

    14 ימים לפני

    At 1:06 the kid on the right has a Schultüte - very German.

  28. EJ Surco

    EJ Surco

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    Wait will the advanced humanity look at the monalisa and say "we have invented nothing"

  29. Chelsea Jenga

    Chelsea Jenga

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    I love watching these videos i’m so curious of the universe,us humans and our ancestors

  30. Steven Jackson

    Steven Jackson

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  31. Hello There

    Hello There

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    So the first furrys

  32. Bawin


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    i cried. nice.

  33. red imposter

    red imposter

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    I always thought yhey do that to past time

  34. Trina Green

    Trina Green

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    The onerous file predominantly nod because illegal specifically end across a dashing conifer. kind, jagged recess

  35. Steven __

    Steven __

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    Id like to feel what its like to put my hand over one of the reverse stencils.

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  38. Genevia Williams

    Genevia Williams

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    I may or may have not been crying to this video. It's so touching and beautiful

  39. Mohamad Iskandar

    Mohamad Iskandar

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    more arts content like this 👍❤️😡

  40. Isabela Oliveira

    Isabela Oliveira

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    There is a documentary about that cave called "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams" directed by Werner Rerzorg.

  41. Naeem Baluch

    Naeem Baluch

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    The narrator is god damn good

  42. oo o

    oo o

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    내가 보기엔 그냥 낙서 연습하면서 논 것처럼 느껴지기도 하는데...역시 역사는 꿈보다 해몽느낌이 강하다

  43. -EmeraldThunder-


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    So moving.

  44. Pobz Zero

    Pobz Zero

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    Now I want to make many more memories with everyone around me!

  45. Xavier TheRisen

    Xavier TheRisen

    20 ימים לפני

    Great video

  46. Hash Marker

    Hash Marker

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    The handprints seem very much like a legacy.screaming that he/she was here. As a photograph of something dear for the relatives that person leaves behind and for them to remember him/her by. Imagine a caveman looking fondly over the handprint of his mother.

  47. Cezar Rujan

    Cezar Rujan

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    The hands on the wall actually say: "wear sunscreen!" as the geomagnetic field shifted and made most areas bombarded with UV. And it is sunscreen they are applying to the walls of the caves that are now shelter for both the sun and the electric storms brought by the ionized atmosphere.

  48. Daniel Phillips

    Daniel Phillips

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    This is such a beautiful video

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    Solomon Osazuva

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  50. Shubhanand Singh Pundeer

    Shubhanand Singh Pundeer

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    hey those were my paintings :D

  51. Wolfshank News

    Wolfshank News

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    I live near of panchmadi caves where the first and oldest human stone drawing had founded.

  52. Robert Shamblin

    Robert Shamblin

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    Damn, that was deep

  53. Babu Soren

    Babu Soren

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    What if the original cave is also a fake cave to save/replicate the original ?

  54. Real5uper5and


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    "Art is not optional."

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    Welp, I cried seal of approval

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      It took you an year to write this



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    Potato 31167

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    Goosebumps man

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    Quantumm Galaxy

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    That was...profound

  59. Saxon Descendant

    Saxon Descendant

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    "What we do in life echoes in eternity." - Maximus

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    Gave me the chills

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  63. Little House in the Big Apple

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    This was beautiful

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    Very nice video

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  66. Ethan Gatenby

    Ethan Gatenby

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    The past is good when its the present, but painful when its in the past

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    this was deep-

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    To be very honest, I almost cried during the entire video. Something about it just made me very emotional

  70. Joshua


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    That was incredible.

  71. Dr Bright

    Dr Bright

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    This honestly gave me a sort of...existential melancholic longing.

  72. Jack Nephew

    Jack Nephew

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    This video and story is amazing and it honestly moved me to tears

  73. Aidan Brown

    Aidan Brown

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    I saw that Caterpie picture

  74. TRXlord 09

    TRXlord 09

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    Wait why are my comments at the bottom of the recommended videos again?

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  76. CathLena Music

    CathLena Music

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    Why am I crying in the club rn

  77. Nick Scurvy

    Nick Scurvy

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    Aw this video made me cry.

  78. P. Mo

    P. Mo

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    Too many onions on this video

  79. allen osip

    allen osip

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    oh hey guys, this week we're crying

  80. Sean Alexander

    Sean Alexander

    27 ימים לפני

    Why the fuck was I holding back tears by the end of that

  81. gammerbro567


    27 ימים לפני

    That was a beautifully crafted talk

  82. Papa Frank

    Papa Frank

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    Freaking woah

  83. Ryan's Random Videos

    Ryan's Random Videos

    27 ימים לפני

    I cried. Don't know why but I did. I think of my life so much that the pressure was eating me. This videos help me escape reality and telling me in the grand scheme of things how tiny I am. Kurzgesagt you beaty! And thank you John

  84. Bendy Snowball

    Bendy Snowball

    27 ימים לפני

    Honestly, very moving. It really spoke to me through my childhood, something I know I cannot return too. Something forever closed to access, like the original cave.

  85. Jackson Lechleitner

    Jackson Lechleitner

    27 ימים לפני

    If everyone threw one piece of trash on the ground, there would be 7 billion ish pieces of trash, if we all picked up 5 pieces of trash in a day we could pick up roughly 35 billion pieces of trash. Let’s all go out and pick up even one piece of trash and make the world a better place.

  86. snowman72891


    27 ימים לפני

    its time to start killing anti vaxxers and using them as compost

  87. Jamal Uddin Khan

    Jamal Uddin Khan

    28 ימים לפני

    Are those "thumbs down" because this video moved them a bit too much? It would be a shame to see even one thumbs down - yet there are thousand... although shadowed by the hundreds of thousands of people we enjoyed this excellent animated tour-back. Thanks Kurzgesagt and thanks to the humans who enjoyed it.

  88. Dr. Dreidel •ドリーデル先生

    Dr. Dreidel •ドリーデル先生

    28 ימים לפני

    3:00 they were furries, final answer.

  89. cedric lavoie

    cedric lavoie

    28 ימים לפני

    For Biden cave 😂

  90. Eastern fence Lizard

    Eastern fence Lizard

    28 ימים לפני

    There were no caloric surpluses? When you drive a herd of mammoths over a cliff wouldn't there be a caloric Surplus?

  91. systemid12


    28 ימים לפני

    Anybody else thought that the dog was an actual robot?

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    Baby Boozer

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  93. aqua aria

    aqua aria

    28 ימים לפני

    lmao my teacher said that the cave of Lascaux was found by a little girl, so I was kind of confused... So I checked and saw that she probably confused it with the cave of Altamira

  94. Mrbanana 480

    Mrbanana 480

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  95. Radha Krishna Reddy

    Radha Krishna Reddy

    28 ימים לפני

    This was one of the best videos I've ever seen...💘

  96. Dsg


    29 ימים לפני

    A dog named robot discovered something that humans, US, you and me, haven't discovered for thousands if not tens of thousands of years. I just find that kinda funny.

  97. Hans Kuke

    Hans Kuke

    29 ימים לפני

    I often don’t understand the titles of your videos because ILcycle try to translate the titles, but the translation is always so bad.

  98. Tyaga Nararya

    Tyaga Nararya

    29 ימים לפני

    Cave people



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    Time isn’t linear

  100. World Champ

    World Champ

    29 ימים לפני

    All thanks to Robot 🤖 (Dog) 🐶