The Age of Giant Insects

  • Publicado el 18 sep 2017
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    Insects outnumber humans by a lot and we only like to think we're in charge because we're bigger than they are. But insects and other arthropods weren’t always so small. About 315 million years ago during the Carboniferous Period, they were not only abundant: they were enormous.
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Comentarios • 1 342

  • Sone781
    Sone781 Hace 7 horas

    "Young INVERTEBRATES can't control their intake of air like adults can". I love this series, but I believe "insects" should have been said here. Invertebrates are a staggeringly enormous group with a wide range of breathing mechanisms. I also think "arthropod" should have been replaced by something more specific in many sentences. Sorry to nitpick, but I just feel the need to advocate for the diversity of my invertebrate buddies!

  • jitombe
    jitombe Hace un día

    Watching this made me want to plant a tree. Damn, this video would be a great ad for preserving forests. Oxygen is good for us.

  • IW Grobbelaar
    IW Grobbelaar Hace un día

    This lady is my favorite presenter.
    Does anyone know the name of the song in the background?

  • Irilly Dunno
    Irilly Dunno Hace 2 días +1

    Thanks so much for a great episode

  • VersusARCH
    VersusARCH Hace 3 días

    Permian extinction is definitely linked to thousands of years long Siberian Traps eruption pumping huge amount of CO and CO2 into the atmosphere and altering the O2 %. The eruption was probably itself triggered by a huge bolide impact.

  • Paige
    Paige Hace 5 días

    I could deal with bird-sized dragon flies but you immediately lost me at 6-foot centipede

  • Joe Dirt
    Joe Dirt Hace 8 días

    Ban the wood-eating bacteria. Carbon criminals!

  • Emmett Howell
    Emmett Howell Hace 8 días

    Millipedes already are horrifying so giant millipedes just throw the whole planet out

  • Rambo Baggings
    Rambo Baggings Hace 9 días

    Comparing the 7 billion humans to that large number of “insects” is a bit disingenuous. A more accurate comparison would be all “mammals” vs “insects” to which I am sure insect would still win but on a lesser scale lol.

  • jeremy bennett
    jeremy bennett Hace 11 días


  • Cave light
    Cave light Hace 14 días

    I can translate into italian! How do I apply?

  • Ethan Ellworth
    Ethan Ellworth Hace 16 días +1

    Where did cows come from

  • justin gerrad
    justin gerrad Hace 16 días

    Nice tattoo dear... I love it

  • John Sundeen
    John Sundeen Hace 17 días

    I really enjoyed The Age of giant insects. Video today 3/3/2019ad &I think life would be alsome . With much megaflora and megafonna and . If we as humans were mega sized. To it would Apex the alsomeness. You know what I mean right. Like if a normal human hight was like 9-12 foot tall with 9-12 inches surplus top hight. Such a place I'd dub megageo . Yes I know that to some people at. This point I probably sound . A dummy whos obsessed with big stuff. But as a d&d dungeon master and being. A standard sized human being in existence for 29 years so far. I have lurned that distructive deconstructive criticism is as invitable as anything else that would be in such a catagory.

  • Swole Jeezy
    Swole Jeezy Hace 18 días

    age of the big ole leggy bois

  • Dharmendra singh
    Dharmendra singh Hace 19 días +1

    I wish I could suck in all your people's knowledge. ... I love ur vedio

  • James Christy
    James Christy Hace 19 días

    Could humans live in an environment like the carboniferous period (e.g., oxygen 35%)?

  • Matthew Harris
    Matthew Harris Hace 19 días

    Were those millipedes larger than coconut crabs? I believe a full sized coconut crab is over 5 kilos.

  • Jawbreaker The Hyaenodon
    Jawbreaker The Hyaenodon Hace 19 días

    The Carboniferous: The Age of “NOPE”

  • michael scoggins
    michael scoggins Hace 21 un día

    So if we could teleport to the Carboniferous period I’m assuming we could breath, etc. but what would that feel like? Would we be semi-high all the time until we got used to it? Would it be healthy or unhealthy for us modern humans?

  • David Kim
    David Kim Hace 21 un día

    I like the music at 1:53

  • Ob Bop
    Ob Bop Hace 21 un día

    Could ancient human predecessors corral the bugs and treat them akin to today's cattle as a handy food supply?

  • x iLeon
    x iLeon Hace 23 días

    we don't "make the rules" - we only think we do! nature is far bigger and more powerful than we'll ever be

  • James Knox
    James Knox Hace 24 días

    How BIG were Bed bugs then ?

  • SomeSeal
    SomeSeal Hace 26 días

    I was never happier about trees decomposing.

  • KermisVoyager1997
    KermisVoyager1997 Hace 27 días

    I've been experimenting with insects and oxygen too.

  • Robert Szymanski
    Robert Szymanski Hace 28 días

    I wished I could have a time machine! Go back to the high Oxygen level giant insect ages and bring back Giant Dragon Flies !!!!!

  • Dirty Wash
    Dirty Wash Hace 28 días

    1:33...squish it with fire

  • Louisa Clark
    Louisa Clark Hace un mes

    I cringe every time I saw a worm...a tiny worm...and there were big worms...I will faint....

  • Pizza Time
    Pizza Time Hace un mes

    hell no to the no no no
    i hate cockroach

  • Low Quality Shitposts
    Low Quality Shitposts Hace un mes

    Imagine a large insect crawling around, last of it's kind, yet looking for a mate, while struggling to even breathe in a in a time it wasn't supposed to survive any longer

  • the one you dont see
    the one you dont see Hace un mes

    fire ended the age air is flamable at 25%. it could be lightning during the age that could burn down and out an area the size of the state of new hampshire with 35%O2 in a day.

  • Dr. David Kaplan
    Dr. David Kaplan Hace un mes

    Of course in an oxygen rich environment the insects could grow larger. The larger larvae theory makes sense. However one must consider also the strong possibility that many insects took advantage of the richer oxygen to grow larger in a selection process in order to survive attacks by certain predators as well as in the case of the dragonfly / griffith to increase their prey size.

  • Average T Keeper
    Average T Keeper Hace un mes


  • Simon Zozol
    Simon Zozol Hace un mes

    0:14 "there are way more of them than there are of us"
    We're working on it

  • Ped0Peng
    Ped0Peng Hace un mes

    Who counted all the insects. He/she should probably go fornthe stars.

  • Anh Tien Quang Nguyen
    Anh Tien Quang Nguyen Hace un mes

    Otherwise known as the Age of NOPE.

  • Eleeth Tahgra
    Eleeth Tahgra Hace un mes

    Millipedes is cute? We were thought to kill them with hot water if they were to enter the house or to evade them if its is that cute?

  • Stephen Coyle
    Stephen Coyle Hace un mes

    All kinds of nope

  • QTee
    QTee Hace un mes

    Words like meganeura when describing insects 😣😣😣

  • QTee
    QTee Hace un mes


  • Vic Reed Man
    Vic Reed Man Hace un mes +3

    Muchisimas gracias por su explicación.
    Saludos desde México.

  • Third Eye
    Third Eye Hace un mes

    "take a deep breath"
    My athsma: "hello"

  • I can explain my profile pic

    This is just a normal day in Australia

  • John Watson
    John Watson Hace un mes

    With 35% oxygen I wonder if the trees then were somehow adapted
    to not catch fire easily. A lightning strike would probably go off like an

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  • Sarr Cat
    Sarr Cat Hace un mes

    So, in theory, we could still have giant bugs if they had evolved more complex lungs, right?

  • Heriberto Vargas
    Heriberto Vargas Hace un mes

    Got damn she’s pretty

  • EloquentTroll
    EloquentTroll Hace un mes

    NOPE NOPE NOPE! This is where I can't send my time machine to here. I can deal with 8 legs, but more than that is too much

  • Reality isnt A choice
    Reality isnt A choice Hace un mes

    Giant Insects,
    I'm glad evolution got my birth past that age.

  • Cats are cool !!!!!!!!!

    And I thought bees are huge

  • Matthew Van Helden
    Matthew Van Helden Hace un mes

    That's terrifying. Centipedes are terrifying

  • khertzgeneration ॅ
    khertzgeneration ॅ Hace un mes

    The carboniferous patch , the * minor text fixes * #tierzoo

  • Joey Jamison
    Joey Jamison Hace un mes +2

    Creepy tattoos.

  • John Joseph Fontaine
    John Joseph Fontaine Hace un mes

    Love your hair.......... sorry I'll quit bugging you.😋

  • Lakshay Thakur
    Lakshay Thakur Hace un mes

    Can anyone help me with the background score they are using?

    CRAZY MORALES Hace un mes

    We used to have giant mountain sized trees in those days

  • Jake4595
    Jake4595 Hace un mes

    Actually, we don't make the rules. The bacteria's do. Everything we do is an attempt to fight off bacteria and live another day. But who cares. I'm just a guy with a phone

  • Dank_Smirk
    Dank_Smirk Hace un mes +1

    Sounds tasty

  • Geraint Radford
    Geraint Radford Hace un mes

    Freaking love bugs! Fascinating video guys! Can't wait for summer when they all wake up and i can go exploring again! 💚✌🐜🕷

  • Ultimate KungfuMantis
    Ultimate KungfuMantis Hace 2 meses

    Is there a giant mantis!?

  • jorge pearl
    jorge pearl Hace 2 meses

    right now there is an insect that can kill mice and birds, in those times vertebrates, were in danger

  • Jayden’s Vlog
    Jayden’s Vlog Hace 2 meses

    Was there any time where there was 100% oxygen?

  • IKONisKillingMe
    IKONisKillingMe Hace 2 meses

    I would never survive

  • Abhishek
    Abhishek Hace 2 meses

    After watching this episode, maybe for first time I'm thanking that oxygen levels aren't higher 👍

  • Trystan Farah
    Trystan Farah Hace 2 meses +1


  • Jonathan Schiedermayer
    Jonathan Schiedermayer Hace 2 meses +1

    love this channel. too many quick cuts - only critique - love it overall.

  • Leonard Scott
    Leonard Scott Hace 2 meses +1

    The Pokemon Yanmega is so much like it.

  • Carl Bailey
    Carl Bailey Hace 2 meses

    Bloody big pigeon.

  • Mario Lanzas
    Mario Lanzas Hace 2 meses

    I wanted to see those gigants lab insects :/

  • James Carter
    James Carter Hace 2 meses

    If humans existed at that time, they would have been prey to these giant bugs.

    • A Trex
      A Trex Hace un mes

      Not really.

  • Gabe Hyatt
    Gabe Hyatt Hace 2 meses +1

    I really like the hosts on this channel! They seem very friendly and passionate about the subjects. Keep it up Eons!

  • Louis Attenborough
    Louis Attenborough Hace 2 meses

    Wouldn’t that mean there’d be metre long maggots? Bear Grills would be happy.

  • HacksignKT
    HacksignKT Hace 2 meses

    nice video

  • sachin s m
    sachin s m Hace 2 meses

    The presenter should be that glasses guy. He is very engaging.

  • Langston Lynch
    Langston Lynch Hace 2 meses

    I evaporated hearing her describe some of these bugs

  • Tochtli
    Tochtli Hace 2 meses

    What would happen if earth had a 90% oxygen content in the atmosphere?

  • William
    William Hace 2 meses

    There’s a golden rule I live by. Never trust anything with more than four legs or uses its stomach to crawl around.

  • Don't, Jim
    Don't, Jim Hace 2 meses

    Is that someone just strumming a violin who can’t play it with someone playing really long notes in the background?

  • SickName Brah
    SickName Brah Hace 2 meses

    What's the difference between climate shift and climate change? It's funny, as soon as she said that I noticed the tattoo on her arm. Sad.

  • Organ Farm
    Organ Farm Hace 2 meses

    That's not the colour of an oxygen bottle. What those scientists seem to have used is a fire extinguisher.

  • Elenna Pointer
    Elenna Pointer Hace 2 meses

    Forest fires in the Carboniferous must have been devastating.

  • Boss Umbra
    Boss Umbra Hace 2 meses

    Sounds like CT in the summer.

  • Telering Dataspesialisten

    One day in the far future they may grow huge again! :3

  • mrob456
    mrob456 Hace 2 meses

    We also invented pesticides.

  • Mr. SEA
    Mr. SEA Hace 2 meses

    70 cm wing span for a pigeon? Big pigeon. Think about finding these massive dragon fly larvae in the water and pertaining to insect larvae during this time period while bathing in a pond? Not fun. Also, one would assume that most existing insects during that era would be primarily more primative firms that shared many physical characteristics as the parents and not those more modern insects who had worm/maggot like bodies...these maggot like larvae would be most susceptible to high 02 levels.

  • Ian Wietecha
    Ian Wietecha Hace 2 meses

    Ferns are also vascular plants, though non-flowering, and would be included with the first vascular plants in the forest. Cool video though :)

  • sᏢᎥffᎽ bᎾᎥ
    sᏢᎥffᎽ bᎾᎥ Hace 2 meses

    Now that you compared millipedes with arthropleura,I am suddenly curious if it would have behaved similarly to them,and if it would curl up into a ball when you poke it.
    You’d have a giant insect ball 😂

  • James Ruddy
    James Ruddy Hace 2 meses

    Do a video about the fossils of soft bodied creatures like the Aitch, Y, and Tully Monster from the Mazon Creek formation.

  • Vlad Drakul
    Vlad Drakul Hace 2 meses

    I love these shows for their content but despise the editing. Rushed speech that feels like speed reading as though no one really cares which is stressful and just throws words at you like a machine gun and then just make it worse they 'save time' even more by clipping out breathing or even not waiting until the sound dies out before clipping into another sentences. It's disjointed and makes me despair and not want to either recommend it too others or watch it myself This content is great stuff. Breathe and talk normally. Please fix this!!

  • Джозеф Карр
    Джозеф Карр Hace 2 meses +1

    Anyone know the music this video uses?

    • Mark TheShark
      Mark TheShark Hace 2 meses +1

      I’ve been digging through APM music but haven’t found it yet! It’s great though!

  • John Martin
    John Martin Hace 2 meses +1

    Does anyone know the music in the background?

    • Mark TheShark
      Mark TheShark Hace 2 meses

      John Martin I’ve been digging though APM music, but haven’t found it. It’s great though!

  • Young Dav
    Young Dav Hace 2 meses

    Can I get an oh hell no to living back then

  • Warren yoshizuka-chang
    Warren yoshizuka-chang Hace 2 meses

    How do insects like ants apply to that total of insects today? Each worker can be counted as its own organism but the entire colony behaves as a single macro organism.

  • Vinchenzo C
    Vinchenzo C Hace 2 meses

    Is this the same PBS of the United States? The U.S. uses feet and yards.

  • Dallas D the plush tuber

    1:29 I would pass out if I saw one of them in real life because I HATE millipedes

  • Cash Kearns
    Cash Kearns Hace 2 meses +1

    PBS: Age of insects

  • wireless one
    wireless one Hace 2 meses

    So many things in the fossil record are huge!

  • InfernoCookiez
    InfernoCookiez Hace 2 meses +1

    Oh boy wait till you hear about bacteria, that insect population number is gonna look as small as my bank account

  • Maxime B
    Maxime B Hace 2 meses +1

    A time of *Nopes* and *Yikes*