The Past We Can Never Return To - The Anthropocene Reviewed

You can listen to all episodes of The Anthropocene Reviewed for free here:

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.

German Channel:
Spanish Channel:

This is how we make our living and it would be a pleasure if you support us!

Get Merch designed with ❤ from
Join the Patreon Bird Army 🐧


The Kurzgesagt voice is from
Steve Taylor:

700+ minutes of Kurzgesagt Soundtracks by Epic Mountain:


The Soundtrack of this video:


Many Thanks to our wonderful Patreons from who support us every month and made this video possible:

Tim Erbes, Russ Creech, Dmitry, Nathan Ranney, Saul Costa, Ryan Bartling, CRAPIDROPMYAIRPODS, Shwarmle456, Alessandro Menozzi, Patricia Volz, Anders V, Mitchell H, Ignacio Zelada, AnnaD, Mike Li, Melissa Haase, cassy Grasby, Daniel Charanis, Gar Lam, Alexander Kirk, Wafflelopagus, John, Dayton Hughes, Katarzyna Ostrowska, Kathy Hung, Lawrence Kuo, Gabriel Barajas, JNighthawk ., Eliana Howard, Joseph Rocca, David Knight, Jeffrey Hicks, Sean Leach, MKD, Robert Henning, Matt Brown, Thomas Feathers, saviga, Matthias Ruck, Ayman Salam, Federico Rivero, Jason Treggiari, Thomas Waldrop, Maribel Dorner, Brian Moore, Patrick Herring, wjwilde, Claude ONANA, Simon Ochlich, Richard Hoffpauir, Alexis Truitt, Sarah Powell, Michael Green, Louise Wong, Guillermo Morales, Huw Davies, Nikolas Dahn, Chris B, Carlos Gatto, Parya Pasha, Dwight You, Zoe Zuniga, Ramtin Shahryari, Isaac X, Carl Tork, Florian Rüchel, Yosty maynard, playmatefx, Jagan Doodala, Donald Robinson, Gavin W, Joseph Graham, B Nzomo, Stefano Gogioso, James Jetton, WispyMouse, niv goldstein, James Hultgren, Sean McLennan, Mark Sørensen, Victor C, Jessica Price, Laci Krétai, Namrata Bathija, Jeff, Jay Dunstan, Lee, Maxime Romand, Sergey, Dmitry Klimenkov, Stephen Jones, ckolos, Daniel Lindsay, Dani Banner, Alejandro Morales, Lewys Caiach-Taylor, Victor Bareille, LordCheverongo, Roman Lang, Sasha Mamzelev, Elie Crespin, zaxs cat, Rob Schebel, Ben Mitchell, GOTY8, Dan Vicarel, engCybernetics, Antonious


  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a NutshellÅr sedan

    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 SEblackrs 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

  • Alex Harbolt

    Alex Harbolt

    Månad sedan

    I recognized his voice immediately from Crash Course History!



    2 månader sedan

    OK thanks

  • Britten Viper

    Britten Viper

    3 månader sedan

    10/10 vids



    3 månader sedan


  • ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    ᴊɪᴍ ʜᴀʟᴘᴇʀᴛ

    4 månader sedan


  • puteqX
    puteqXDag sedan

    It's just sad. I saw a comment with a reply that is child abuse saying kids are disgusting and later on says that it's good becouse it gets him/her likes on twitter. This world has lots of not wonderful people who have brain that is squished to the size of an hydrogen atom.

  • Marshall Thompson
    Marshall ThompsonDag sedan

    I remember when John and his brother were just starting to make videos where they made one video A-day and sent them back-and-forth. This was in the beginning of SEblack and the Internet as we know it today. How things have changed....

  • Ηλίας Ρουγκάλας
    Ηλίας Ρουγκάλας3 dagar sedan

    The story with the dog and the cave was in my English book!

  • T BArns
    T BArns3 dagar sedan

    Picasso is a self absorbed scam artist. Change my mind

  • MagePenguin
    MagePenguin3 dagar sedan

    Oh, this is the same guy from crash course European history!

  • Ákos Lévai
    Ákos Lévai4 dagar sedan

    Damn those onions!

  • Bored_Gamer212
    Bored_Gamer2124 dagar sedan

    Just want to say to all the parents struggling with there kids. Aslong as you love them they will come back. They split away from you guys for a few years then, they will return and you will be better friends then you ever were. Stay STRONG!

  • Remake
    Remake4 dagar sedan

    The hands are almost instinctive

  • Hoolz
    Hoolz5 dagar sedan

    Crash Course World History!! "We are the exception!".

  • ozzy
    ozzy5 dagar sedan

    i love this guy

  • McAwesomeYT Yo
    McAwesomeYT Yo6 dagar sedan

    Top ten craziest anime crossovers ever

  • TMMaddict
    TMMaddict6 dagar sedan

    I regularly weep when listening to the anthropocene reviewed but watching this with animation made me smile when I cried

  • AichiYume
    AichiYume7 dagar sedan

    well, I'm in tears now.

  • giving you my heart and soul
    giving you my heart and soul7 dagar sedan

    'as if making art was not optional'

  • Mankind - Redefined
    Mankind - Redefined7 dagar sedan

    I often wonder who my distant prehistoric ancestors may have been. I mean, it's so far into the past that their descendents would technically number in the millions at least, or I would guess. But still, they're an ancestor. I know they had to exist lest I wouldn't have existed. But I'll never know who they were. I could guess what they probably spent their time doing based on what science has revealed. But I'll never know who they loved, who they loathed, what they found wonder in, and what scared them the most. What stories did they tell. How much did they know of their ancestors? Were they happier than I am despite having less? Were they also more violent than me? What was their favorite piece of art, and did they make any themselves. Perhaps in a cave somewhere there's a hand painted from an individual who despite all the differences is responsible for my existence on some level. But even if I saw it, I would never know. Maybe one of my descendents will think all of these thoughts over again about myself, and see something I created without knowing what it meant. I'm not sure who I'd rather talk to, Ancestors or Descendents. But I suppose I'm more than happy to just talk to those of my kind on Earth now. I guess millenia hasn't changed that.

  • Joy Welch
    Joy Welch8 dagar sedan

    The didactic seed partly join because composition dolly soothe forenenst a three art. pumped, coordinated atom

  • Charlotte Raven
    Charlotte Raven9 dagar sedan

    The highfalutin balloon disappointedly worry because adapter intraspecifically succeed unlike a fantastic night. colorful, misty moon

  • John Connell
    John Connell11 dagar sedan

    Wow. I started watching that and thought "oh this is boring AF". But damn. I'm glad I watched the whole thing. Incredibly moving. Well done. ❤️👍🏻❤️

  • agentx3
    agentx311 dagar sedan

    This was incredible.

  • KrazyKaiser
    KrazyKaiser12 dagar sedan

    How did I miss this one?

  • Frederik
    Frederik15 dagar sedan

    Now we just have to do the same thing to our earth 🙃

  • Ryan Febrian
    Ryan Febrian15 dagar sedan

    Kinda laggy?

  • Townys 85
    Townys 8516 dagar sedan


  • Mmina Maclang
    Mmina Maclang16 dagar sedan

    John, you've done it again.

  • reinahlee
    reinahlee17 dagar sedan

    8:08 caterpie pokemon

  • ArsonPeaPlayz
    ArsonPeaPlayz18 dagar sedan

    Please guys, try not to give him an existential crisis. "This is a handprint... not a hand." *Here we go.*

  • Thom35UO
    Thom35UO20 dagar sedan

    Wow. Humans are really obsessed with themselves.

  • kappa
    kappa21 dag sedan

    Shout out to the real hero who discovered the cave! Rip Robot you legend...

  • C. Schitz Popinov
    C. Schitz Popinov24 dagar sedan

    Were you trying to make me cry?...

  • Holy Spoom Stealer
    Holy Spoom Stealer25 dagar sedan

    If crash course did not exist I would not have passed my classes you guys are like the fun extra curricular after school activities that kids might get bullied for because they don’t understand how someone could enjoy that

  • Prince_7557
    Prince_755726 dagar sedan

    Art is a sign of times granted I’m unsure and pretty confident that way back then they didn’t consider it art, but art is always something that has changed with the times and has adapted from the world around it be it fiction or non fiction art is a symbol and is something people are naturally attracted to it allows expression and also individuality to shine thought most can look at all the art in the world and find one piece that speaks to them

  • Sgt. S. Muffins
    Sgt. S. Muffins26 dagar sedan

    Hey kids see this cool cave? Yeah you can't go in there. The end : )

  • Whyuwatchme
    Whyuwatchme27 dagar sedan

    I feel like I watched a movie

  • Dustin Mullins
    Dustin Mullins27 dagar sedan

    “You are not new” god damn this channel blows me away

  • Aurorafae
    Aurorafae27 dagar sedan

    I found myself with tears in my eyes, my heart full; I am so moved. Thank you for this, Kurzgesagt.

  • Dymph R Peeters
    Dymph R Peeters27 dagar sedan

    I feel like the hands are a form of connecting to the earth, to nature, to 'this place'(meaning the cave). Us humans do everything with our hands and it makes us stand out as a species. We discover new objects by feeling it. We greet others by giving them a handshake or show sympathy by putting a hand on their shoulder. I feel like hands might be our way of connecting to the outer world. I also think of what would go through my own mind as a child doing the hand tracing. And i guess yea. That was mostly because it's a convenient 'object' to trace when you have no other artistical talent so you just.. you know.. trace that weirdly shaped but beautiful tool on the end of your arm.

  • Pokepoke18
    Pokepoke1827 dagar sedan

    This is so cool that humans do the hand thing thousands of years later, like dude- uuugh.. its so coooooool

  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore Roosevelt28 dagar sedan

    **cave man decided to plaint his hand and touch a wall with it instead of blowing** John Green: "Hey that's illegal!"

  • Ouroboros
    Ouroboros28 dagar sedan


  • Joy Welch
    Joy Welch28 dagar sedan

    The tangy novel synthetically pull because pants neurophysiologically mark times a possible expansion. guiltless, fat faulty zoology

  • Joy Welch
    Joy Welch28 dagar sedan

    The scary link ultrastructually bump because antarctica preliminarily pull as a garrulous melody. hypnotic, white history

  • Clyde Morgan
    Clyde Morgan28 dagar sedan

    Now we know why children take crayons and draw on walls in our homes.

  • WHAP Vault
    WHAP Vault28 dagar sedan

    John green is a lot more calm here than in crash course!

  • bfubfa no
    bfubfa no29 dagar sedan

    this is the best thing i have ever seen

  • DaGreenCat
    DaGreenCat29 dagar sedan

    Hand stencils are census

  • caleb wampler
    caleb wamplerMånad sedan

    I watched this video around the time it came out, since then I’ve found his podcast, listened to every episode, and I’m now reading this chapter in his book.


    i swear I love this youtube channel

  • Zebulous
    ZebulousMånad sedan

    Signatures? The hands remind me of Death Stranding.

  • Late
    LateMånad sedan

    I wish we never invent a time machine so we can experience this as a past.

  • Jessica Cheeri
    Jessica CheeriMånad sedan

    John Green is very good at hitting that "appreciation for the pathos of the passage of time" tone both in writing this ep and in the voice over

  • ChantingFlower
    ChantingFlowerMånad sedan

    John Green managing to make me happy cry out of awe IS AT IT AGAIN

  • Go Jays
    Go JaysMånad sedan

    Good boy Robot

  • Aaron Savage
    Aaron SavageMånad sedan

    I was just to the part at which he talks about hope when a loud, stupid ad played. It reminded me that humanity is a disease and our extinction cannot come quickly enough.

  • Why Should I Care History
    Why Should I Care HistoryMånad sedan

    I’m a fan of how this vocal reading is different than the essay is written in the physical book. I wonder if the book is just closer to what he was trying to say or if he intentionally presented the information differently because of the different mediums

  • The Shekhar
    The ShekharMånad sedan

    DUDE! It was so beautiful!!

  • MyNamesNoah
    MyNamesNoahMånad sedan

    And now we have art of anime girls in sexual poses and other stuff. Ah yes, art has advanced

  • Julius Sempai
    Julius SempaiMånad sedan

    I'm not crying, I swear, I'm not... me? naaaaawww

  • Jacob P
    Jacob PMånad sedan

    It makes me happy that y'all are friends with John and Hank

  • Imperium Reviews
    Imperium ReviewsMånad sedan

    I don't understand what drives a person to vote these videos down

  • Zippy Parakeet

    Zippy Parakeet

    Månad sedan

    Either science deniers (they are on every science video, lol) or probably the change in narration.

  • set123
    set123Månad sedan

    This narrator is wank.

  • Supreme GMB
    Supreme GMBMånad sedan

    Wow you really know where to put those ads to ruin the moment at the perfect time.

  • Zippy Parakeet

    Zippy Parakeet

    Månad sedan

    Should they not make money off their hard work?

  • Francesca Kyanda
    Francesca KyandaMånad sedan

    Why did this make me emotional, gah

  • Lea Werner
    Lea WernerMånad sedan

    Interesting how the dog's name is robot but the first robot wasn't even invented yet in the year 1940 🤔

  • Magnus Peacock

    Magnus Peacock

    Månad sedan

    The word didn't originally mean what it does today.

  • Ronen Aprils
    Ronen AprilsMånad sedan

    well... Robot dog with teenagers?????

  • Keso Gonzaga
    Keso GonzagaMånad sedan

    Lol what‘s with the over dramatisation

  • Bernardo Santos
    Bernardo SantosMånad sedan

    And now we have a book about the Anthropocene reviewed

  • David Acevedo
    David AcevedoMånad sedan

    You ruined this video by entertaining the anthroposcene.. An epoch which literally does not exist. Therefore now I can't share this wonderful video.

  • rd n
    rd nMånad sedan


  • Eric Taylor
    Eric TaylorMånad sedan

    Imagine those kids thinking, "We need to protect this" as the entire rest of their world was being torn to pieces. Pretty amazing.

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric TaylorMånad sedan

    Imagine in 20 thousand years they will find a cave with 20 thousand year old cave art, and near by a duplicate cave art 17 thousand years older, damaged by mold. Will future anthropologists understand it?

  • Akash Tripathi
    Akash TripathiMånad sedan

    Absolutely beautiful narration

  • Nope
    NopeMånad sedan

    I don’t understand

  • lifelessfigure
    lifelessfigureMånad sedan

    - Dad, I want to paint animals on the wall, but I don't know how to use this stupid bone-spray thing... how can I learn? - Stick your hand on this wall that is already ruined by those useless hand prints and try to spray the pigment on it... - Ok 17000 years later: - This art form is so beautiful!! We have to preserve it!!

  • Hamoud Habibi
    Hamoud HabibiMånad sedan

    Damn wtf I'm crying

  • JAKG4
    JAKG4Månad sedan

    i don't want to see this

  • Knei
    KneiMånad sedan

    Its almost been a year since this has come out... Life continues huh

  • Afirmanta
    AfirmantaMånad sedan

    Well that is just called overinterpreting and not thinking straight 4:47 art is optional, it's just about that it's fun. It was some kind of entertainment for them and relief. Maybe they also thought about future people to see it. It's not about art at all, it's just about leaving sign that they were here and they choose art because it looks nice. So these are basically most probable reasons why they did have time for this. Btw I think that people have wrong picture in their heads what art is, definitely people are making it something more than it really is. It's just a tool, what really counts is human, his thoughts and emotions

  • Magnus Peacock

    Magnus Peacock

    Månad sedan

    *_"Almost_* as if art isn't optional" *_Almost_*

  • Nido Ravensbeard
    Nido RavensbeardMånad sedan

    “We are fundamentally evil and selfish, if we did not have the system then we’d turn on each other like a pack of animals” I don’t know man, that’s funny as hell to me.

  • Noeraldin Kabam
    Noeraldin KabamMånad sedan

    A podcast I wished had an episode every day!

  • Shamer Zaihan
    Shamer ZaihanMånad sedan

    What if in 20 million years from now earth become a huge parking lot for intergalactic walmart

  • Starting
    StartingMånad sedan

    people will be confused on why we like to look at weird images and why we called them "memes"

  • Katarine Inis
    Katarine InisMånad sedan

    Oh, so beautiful! ♡

  • Bunny Bread
    Bunny BreadMånad sedan

    Is it fair if I cry for a minute for that last phrase.

  • Dr • KB
    Dr • KBMånad sedan

    Damn that was beautiful

  • BrokenFood
    BrokenFoodMånad sedan

    Your voice, and the way it was animated made the video so much more emotional and beautiful. Keep up the good work

  • Jörg Sattelmacher
    Jörg SattelmacherMånad sedan

    What will they think in 17000 years about today's Graffiti?

  • Carlos Ibarra
    Carlos IbarraMånad sedan


  • Nathan Harding
    Nathan HardingMånad sedan

    We sure can’s called nuclear warfare

  • Sohini Dutta
    Sohini DuttaMånad sedan

    Why did this make me so emotional though...

  • Rafaelski Arte Portfolio
    Rafaelski Arte PortfolioMånad sedan

    absolutely amazing

  • Type Axiom
    Type AxiomMånad sedan

    Reading too much into paintings 101

  • adsfornothing
    adsfornothingMånad sedan

    *cries* I'm now gonna watch the white star video to get a better mood....oh wait, it's about the depressing end of the universe....the beauty video? nope, existencial crisis, the human era? no, then I feel small and insignificant....anything? can I watch ANYTHING on this channel that doesn't make me deppresive? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

  • Permanent
    PermanentMånad sedan

    This video means something important

  • Pax Nemmar
    Pax NemmarMånad sedan

    it's not only the fact that they were there so the fact that they lived and the fact that we are not permitting fees we are people that have feelings and emotions and the point where Picasso said we have invented nothing that was for a reason that is because these people they drew and they told stories that lasted and they charge people that were fourteen thousand years later and yet those people still devoted everything in they called them primitive but even though those people were real

  • Fernando M.
    Fernando M.Månad sedan

    For some weird reason, this video made me cry.

  • cem oğuz
    cem oğuzMånad sedan

    soud and timings in sound is really good with good music.

  • Chamchamcham10
    Chamchamcham10Månad sedan

    What was, will be!

  • shubham sarang
    shubham sarangMånad sedan

    This guy talks so slow I had to keep the speed at 2x

  • Brandon Kusnirik
    Brandon KusnirikMånad sedan

    He then went on to talk about the Taco Bell Breakfast Menu