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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Prehistoric America

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Very little is known about the prehistory of America, making it a fascinating time period to investigate. Every day, old views and beliefs are being challenged, new ideas are being brought forth and questioned, and the field is wide open to speculation and ridicule. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: 10 Horrifying Declassified Secrets https://youtu.be/uWvs4e_nweU 10 of the Most Heavily Guarded Places on Earth https://youtu.be/M2SRri1rzWc Text version: https://www.toptenz.net/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-prehistoric-america.php Coming up: 10. Camels Originated in North America 9. Bears as Big as SUVs 8. Dire Wolves 7. When People Came to America 6. Skeletal Remains of Giants 5. There were Stone Builders 4. Wisconsin Copper Mining 3. Windover Bog People 2. The Chocolate Trade 1. Buried Domesticated Dogs Source/Further reading: https://www.history.com/news/giant-ancient-camel-roamed-the-arctic http://iceage.museum.state.il.us/mammals/short-faced-bear-0 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/07/31/dire-wolves-were-real-now-someone-is-trying-to-resurrect-them/?utm_term=.0539d5a6017c https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-bones-spark-fresh-debate-over-first-humans-in-the-americas/ https://youtu.be/azjWu6Uva8k https://youtu.be/2yOGJZ_ydZA http://www.exploringthenorth.com/cophistory/cophist.html https://youtu.be/vbayBEbIEwc https://www.ancientworldreview.com/2016/10/the-windover-bog-bodies-european.html https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110329-chocolate-turquoise-trade-prehistoric-peoples-archaeology/ http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/nat_amer/pre/htmls/a_animals.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spreading_homo_sapiens_la.svg https://www.flickr.com/photos/gbaku/4098829157 https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/20581301152/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Camelops_hesternus.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Camelops_hesternus_Sergiodlarosa.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ArctodusSimusReconstruct.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rst1CUxWKE https://www.nps.gov/whsa/learn/nature/images/Dire_Wolf.jpg?maxwidth=1200&maxheight=1200&autorotate=false https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Grizzly_Bear_8_(8067483073).jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giant_short-faced_bear_at_Lubbock_Lake_Landmark_IMG_1587.JPG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9OCjTqR0-w https://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/9375228425 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map-of-human-migrations.svg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDVRSDtb4B8 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qjQjhcUAL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikisublime/195103746 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:America%27s_Stonehenge.jpg https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1041453 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Copper_knife,_spearpoints,_awls,_and_spud,_Late_Archaic_period,_Wisconsin,_3000_BC-1000_BC_-_Wisconsin_Historical_Museum_-_DSC03436.JPG https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ojibwa_village.jpg
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TopTenz (1 month ago)
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Mylum O'Shinn (1 month ago)
BEARING Strait, not bayring.
Nigel Garnett (1 hour ago)
WOW, fantastic content I could use to educate my daughters, if only you used measurement units they could understand... my oldest watches your videos and constantly makes me pause to explain how many kilos or meters that is. We love your content, but maybe you could make two versions so people who use sane measurement systems can show their kids too....
ferociousgumby (4 days ago)
0:53 Camelopaloon?? Sounds like camelpalooza.
Jason Swanson (16 days ago)
6:12 homotrumpicus
Paul Ford (17 days ago)
"Gee, we can't figure out how ancient Americans did it, so it must have been Europeans, since those savages obviously couldn't have done it themselves...." Dude, how narrow-minded is that??
NJtuber88 (24 days ago)
dire wolves could also talk and were ridden by goblins!
Very interesting, DIre Wolf and bog bodies
Trent Dirks (29 days ago)
Terrible fake accent
MAGGOT VOMIT (1 month ago)
theangryhobos (1 month ago)
The bog people had their DNA sequenced and were found to be Native American. The solutreans were a dream.
michael åhlfors (1 month ago)
Chris Wilson (1 month ago)
Would the cocaine mummies of Egypt be relevant to this video or is that now thought to be debunked?
ViBe Is Like (1 month ago)
Can you do a list of just animals that existed in this time
mike hayes (1 month ago)
makes me think of the California golden brown bear and how ti would hunt in packs
Platform Studio (1 month ago)
the giant one was not right,i didn't expect this from your channel
J. Ngonono (1 month ago)
It always amazes me how scientist make up stories and use them as evidence: they found bone, they found hammer-stones (whatever that is) so they used the stones to crack the bones... to get to the nourishment inside. I mean... seriously. They were buried with their "faithful companions" showing us that they were not only smart but caregivers? You are projecting your cultural bias onto these ancient people. Just because in YOUR culture you measure "smartness"or "caregiving" by how you live with animals does not mean they had the same attitudes towards animals. Even today we don't all have the same attitudes. It may very well be that they buried the dead with animals to provide food in the afterlife. That in itself being just yet another projection!
James Neally (1 month ago)
looks like they cant be called native americans anymore
Lyla Christopherson (1 month ago)
Go to the Mammoth Site in Lead SD. All of these creatures in one place. They roofed over the site and the bones are still in place being excavated right there in front of you. Awesome summer trip.
Alex Franco (1 month ago)
White people so badly want to think that they beat everyone else to the Americas.
Patricio Abello (1 month ago)
Earlier than that a settlement was found in South America in Chile
Justin Sias (1 month ago)
Yeah not one of your best-researced videos old chap. About half of these “facts” were legit and cool, but the other half were pretty much fringe or totally disproven. Still enjoyed it but it’ll take a lot more evidence (such as, oh, REAL evidence) to convince me anyone was kicking around in the Americas 130,000 years ago! Pre-Clovis, sure. But pre-Out-of-Africa? That find needs massive corroboration to say the least. And ancient races of giants are *right out* , thank you. I think your researcher has been watching a few too many cable TV shows...
BeatlesFanSonia (1 month ago)
I’m addicted to your videos!
Naiem Samo (1 month ago)
read a book they came before columbus some of this is a fat lie
B Sirius (1 month ago)
Graham Hancock.
216trixie (1 month ago)
GIANTS??= Noooo.
Danny Landrum (1 month ago)
The giants thing is pure hogwash / hoaxes.
mac11380 (5 days ago)
Not true, they also uncovered 10,000 year old basketballs proving giants existed......lol
Domus deBellum (1 month ago)
early humans didnt start coming here until after short faced bears were extinct. coincidence? you decide.
Ian Sayers (1 month ago)
there is nothing to suggest that the size of short faced bears was to protect them from predation by other predators. The prevailing theory is that their size was used to intimidate said predators into leaving their kills behind.
Drew Benjamin (1 month ago)
Mass extinction event occurred.
Christopher Neely (1 month ago)
He did it all. He wrote letters, H. P. Lovecraft trolled the trolls.
Christopher Neely (1 month ago)
Simon Whistler delivers Brainfood comedy with a straight face. Brilliant. Unbelievable. Top Tenz? More like Ten Thousand. Facts, that will make your head spin. SMH
we3erterter3 (1 month ago)
As always see you next time?!?!?!?!?!? How dare you sir!
keepinitsk8a (1 month ago)
Europeans.. lol, how bout Africans.
Vespelian (1 month ago)
One thing to remember is that during the ice ages a much greater quantity of water was frozen thus lowering sea levels significantly. This increased landmass and made long distance overland travel much more feasible than today.
Rick Valley (1 month ago)
Check out Carolina and Res dogs (referring to "reservations" ie indian reservations in the SW US): neither has European breed markers in their genetics. Similar dogs are also seen in NE Mexico and coastal Ecuador (where they are called "perros criollos" = "native dogs") They're possibly the ancestral stock for other native American breeds like the various hairless dogs of Meso and South America. Coastal Ecuador also has the oldest ceramic style in the Americas, known from one site, where the ceramic style is very similar to the Jomon ware, the oldest style in Japan. And more recently than that, chickens made it from the Marquesa Islands to South America before Europeans, according to some chicken DNA found at a site in W. coast S. America. All this stuff is not older than a few thou though, but it's pretty certain. The dogs, chickens and ceramics are distinctive, and I've seen them. Heck, you can get a Res dog pup at the Humane Society in Tucson.
Ken Hudson (1 month ago)
Fascinating. When Barry Fell decades ago published his findings on ancient European and African transatlantic connections with the Western hemisphere he was ridiculed in the scholarly media. ("How dare he step outside his own field and think about evidence that is the exclusive prerogative of archaeologists and anthropologists!") Well, sometimes a fresh look from an outsider can creatively shake up insiders' complacency. Since Fell's day in the 1970s the climate of opinion in academia has been changing. More anthropologists and archaeologists are coming over to the new way of thinking. Proof once again that science advances..... one departmental chair's funeral at a time.
Mylum O'Shinn (1 month ago)
Kennewick Man is quite controversial as he shown European heritage in his bones...scientists think he is a of mixed race of Indian and European
Bacon Bits (1 month ago)
You speak way too fast! Give us stupid people time absorb and comprehend please.
Musical Neptunian (1 month ago)
"Listen to my story about a man named Jed The poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed..."
Quixote1818 (1 month ago)
The giant pluvial lakes in the west are interesting. Lake Bonneville covering much of Utah was almost as big as Lake Michigan. And of course the megafloods in Washington. The greenery in the Southwest is also kind of cool.
Dj Phantom (1 month ago)
And look what happened to the country once the land was colonised and history recorded. Sorry not a fan of this one Simon but it is in a huge minority considering all the excellent videos you have made.
Weyrleader M'ry (1 month ago)
Scientists think that the giant short-faced bear was more of a scavenger than a predator partially due to its long, thin legs.
Rocks and Oil (1 month ago)
Chief Black Dog of the Osage was 7 ft. tall and weighed 300#. Hwy across S. Kansas was Black Dogs trail.
Justin Sias (1 month ago)
Still smaller than Shaq 😉
Edwin Anderson (1 month ago)
This video is horribly researched. You guys normally do better. Many of the items are well known to be false or questionable at best. American Stonehenge? a 1930's fraud. Bog people? Native Americans. Missing copper? probably a bad estimate and not that mysterious. Do your homework next time...
Vickie Cook (1 month ago)
Why not do a TopTenz on the mysteries of Simon Whistler?! I for one would love to know more about you.;)
Jestercorp (1 month ago)
There was a mass extinction around 11.5k years ago. All the large mammals and other large animals in North America were wiped out around the same time.
falcosk8 (1 month ago)
With the large skeletons, were they able to figure out how old the large people were when the died? Did they have a longer life span then humans today?
C W (1 month ago)
I love all your videos- thank you for giving me something interesting to watch 👌🏼❤️
LeftoverCrass FPV (1 month ago)
7 feet tall? Puny giant, said Andre
Thomas Wery (1 month ago)
Clovis folks
drko88 (1 month ago)
"america" you mean just the US.
alex (1 month ago)
The Windover bog bodies’ DNA showed they were of asian origin and were extremely similar to the haplotypes of native tribes in the area.
Jackie Santos (1 month ago)
What about North America's pass well Rory we never know about prehistoric times but just Lonnie new discovery but we'll see
TF Sheahan (1 month ago)
At last, someone who takes giants seriously, and wonders why the Smithsonian has never divulged the bones they were given!
Jessie91J (1 month ago)
Hey Simon, great video as usual. But could you PLEASE add metric data as well? I know this video is aimed at US-viewers, but you have people watching your videos who don' t know how tall a 10-foot giant is supposed to be. You don't have to mention it, but I'm certain a lot of people would appreciate if you would write it on the screen somewhere. Thanks
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
+Mike Berkman yeah,....no. lol
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
+Mike Berkman yeah,....no. lol
Mike Berkman (1 month ago)
Gotta love "smart" text huh?
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
+Mike Berkman 40 degrees stupid smart text on my phone. Now you'll never know. Oh, wait
Mike Berkman (1 month ago)
Exac4ly how hot or cold is dirty degrees in Celsius and Fahrenheit? I must have bought a cheap Chinese thermometer cause it's missing that temperature.
Randy Lunn (1 month ago)
One of your best Simon! Kudos to the team.
Hare Krishna (1 month ago)
If this topic interests any if you, you should search for Randal Carlson on youtube.
12799MaDeuce (1 month ago)
"BEAR-ing" not "BAY-ring"
micheal49 (1 month ago)
Llama -- YAH-ma
Liz Carroll (1 month ago)
Love your work... Thank you.
MrKMPT (1 month ago)
So is “evolve” now a magic word that can be used to explain any species connection we want now? That’s great news, I’ll be putting forth some groundbreaking evolutionary theories soon!
Pendulum Panda (1 month ago)
So many people get both evolution and adaptation mixed up. Evolution is pseudoscientific, while adaptation is not.
noobkiller100 (1 month ago)
they were almost all wiped out by a meteor 12,000 years ago, humans had absolutely nothing to do with their extinction
Pendulum Panda (1 month ago)
*10,000 years ago.
James S (1 month ago)
When the mass public accepts the younger dryas meteor impacts as the cause for the mass extinction of the northern mega fauna there will be an awakening
Robert Nickel (1 month ago)
great video, thanks. Ive read that book about Giants in America. If you keep researching it you hit a road block and it becomes a conspiracy theory, it never happened. The Smithsonian has most of them now.
Brythonic (1 month ago)
Have you watched Europa: The Last Battle and The Greatest Story Never Told?
Jason Troy (1 month ago)
Facts ? Study more .
Dinshaw Darbary (1 month ago)
Nice one, Simon. Would love to see one on pre-Colombian visitors to America. 👍🏼🍀
Dinshaw Darbary (1 month ago)
Nice one, Simon. Would love to see one on pre-Colombian visitors to America. 👍🏼🍀
Joseph Wolf (1 month ago)
The camel's in America went to England and formed Camelot that is a proven fact
Claressa Lucas (1 month ago)
Would you tell us more of the "legends of giants" around North America? I had no idea!!
jjdogbutte (1 month ago)
Your authors need some remedial lessons in archaeology. Some of these stories have almost no support from reputable scientists...
X M16 (1 month ago)
How do you know that we probably didn’t know? You think we’re that dumb?
X M16 (1 month ago)
Shlong Dong Millionaire I’m not a sucker, but it seems that you are.
+X M16 *No You*
X M16 (1 month ago)
Shlong Dong Millionaire Then suck it up!
mds sdm (1 month ago)
Hells yeah, 'Murika!!
Patrick Connors (1 month ago)
Wait... since when is "see you next time" an as always thing?
nora22000 (1 month ago)
The likelihood that prehistoruc Europeans came to California's Los Angeles area is slim to nil. If it happened it would have to have been Asians crossing the Pacific.
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
The video didn't say that. And you might not be aware of Americas EAST coast? Its fairly close to Europè. Vikings beat Columbus by over 400 years
Algomi (1 month ago)
Man’s best friend since old ancient times everywhere. Screw cats >_>
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
Cats have had as much if not more to do with the advance of human civilization specifically regarding agriculture than dogs did. And no. Dont screw cats. Or dogs. Do you have any sisters or 1st cousins? Them either.
George (1 month ago)
What about the human foot print founding new exude that dated 250 MILLION years ago.
Woody R (1 month ago)
So these giant skeletons...how big are their feet?
PREPFORIT (1 month ago)
The whole story of "Columbus "   being the first to find  America is total bull crap.
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
Exactly EVERYTHING we Americana were taught in school about Columbus AND the Civil War is a lie!
Gary W Norman (1 month ago)
Very cool. I live in Titusville, FL which is the location of the Wind over Bog People. At one time it was reported the DNA WAS European, but now they say they were of Asian origin. (Don't quote me on that lol)
Gordon Lawrence (1 month ago)
Which means there was a giant bear doing a giant £hit in the woods. Sorry couldn't resist that one.
Sylvia Schultz (1 month ago)
American lion? That sounds awesome
Joe Mamma (1 month ago)
Its nickname is much cooler: Saber Toothed Cat
Jared Russell (1 month ago)
I hope y’all do a video on the Giant humans
Christopher Davis (1 month ago)
awesome...Most people are very EUrocentric
mjgerleman (1 month ago)
Just noticed Simon wears a wedding ring.
Pacific Blue & Green (1 month ago)
Do Top Ten Uses for Leftover Macaroni Salad That Will Blow Your Mind
Pendulum Panda (1 month ago)
The world is only 10,000-years-old.
Alexander Heinricher (1 month ago)
I originally heard the intro to section 2 as "Reditors were, of course, far larger in prehistoric America than they are today."
Nipple Johnston (1 month ago)
It's nice to see a video about American history and it not involve us starting any wars.
Nipple Johnston (1 month ago)
+Trollvolk show all these prehistoric topic videos that are being uploaded that I seem to have missed
Trollvolk (1 month ago)
Can't you remember? Prehistoric war catastrophes of the us. 10000bc invasion of mu...20000bc First Atom bomb on Atlantis... 15000bc the warclub regulating were broken the 4th time by the us... unga trumpa was the chief at the time... never forget
X M16 (1 month ago)
Are you mental?
SRNF (1 month ago)
The research on the giants was lazy. Surprised Simon would include that one.
Paul Ford (17 days ago)
The giants thing was the first time I've ever done a facepalm at one of these videos. Simon, seriously? You didn't know it was an obvious fake?
(Simon doesn't write the episodes. That's why he doesn't know how to pronounce about 3 words in each one.)
Danny Landrum (1 month ago)
I would describe it as fully debunked, dead wrong, and intentionally misleading.
dustyak79 (1 month ago)
Cellphone Dave apparently your memory was correct but you failed to follow those sources. How is one supposed to find sources that debunk conspiracy theories?
Cellphone Dave (1 month ago)
+dustyak79 if memory serves I do believe this article has sources.........if you want to argue that point I suggest you include some
Jimbo Dunn (1 month ago)
Got followed out of the Florida swamps by a black coyote one night.,it was right behind me following me from deep in the swamps. I mean about 200 yards from the truck he came at me I turned around and tried to cut him Sometimes I think that there are things out there in the north America that will eat u Anybody catch that big bear skull bigger than a polar bear 1000 years old. They called it a,King Bear.
Aj Brandt (1 month ago)
Are bears today not giant?
Owain Shebbeare (1 month ago)
Modern bears are not as large, definitely not 1.8 m tall at the shoulder when on all-fours. Big enough though.
FriedEgg (1 month ago)
I'm reminded of that Eddie Izzard sketch; "we've restored this building to how it looked over 50 years ago!" ;)
Jefferson Stinson (1 month ago)
Get your pronounciation checked before airing
Owain Shebbeare (1 month ago)
So...you want a Brit to use incorrect American pronunciation? Here's a tip, go see the world and make sure to never use the complaint that "This isn't how we do things in America", because we either don't care, or find your ways quaint and strange, especially pronunciation.
Tristissimvs Hominvm (1 month ago)
Life has its genesis in the Americas.
Pendulum Panda (1 month ago)
The Garden of Eden was located somewhere around the Middle East, though.
Sarah Levine (1 month ago)
Maybe the giants of North America were killed off by the plagues that affected the other tribes.
teemusid (1 month ago)
Perhaps they still exist today in the Pacific Northwest? I don't believe Sasquatch actually exist, but I want them to.
Joe Houghtaling (1 month ago)
"Giants"? Really?
Owain Shebbeare (1 month ago)
If genuine, they certainly are giant by normal standards, but there have been too many hoaxes and dodgy reconstructions foe me to think tbese people existed in any great number in any population. They were likely oddities, if possibly more likely in communities that may have been more interbred. I know one man at 7'1, but he is very unusual, and not the norm in his family.
Charles Bradley (1 month ago)
Tfw natives supposedly only hunted what they needed but hunted many of the prehistoric animals to extinction.
Lazurkri (1 month ago)
...anyone else think it'd be interesting to pop back in time with a CONEX or three of supplies including a decent selection of weapons as well and see if '30-06 would be adaquate for taking a cave bear or mammoth?

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