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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 (4 months ago)
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Mylum O'Shinn (4 months ago)
BEARING Strait, not bayring.
ferociousgumby (5 days ago)
So indigenous peoples did not exist in "history"? Were they on some other level of reality?
Kendall Kessler (1 month ago)
Wow! Did not know about the camelop! Thanks! Love to learn!
Steve Silvasi (1 month ago)
2:30 "...the smaller grizzly bear..."
Thomas Sailor (1 month ago)
There's evidence that there were civilizations, possibly & even probable, that are not only older than any of us are aware of but that were far more advanced than we are even today, at least in some respects. Just look at what one of the theory's of what the Great Pyramid was possibly used for & how it worked & the Bagdad Battery using chemical reaction to generate electric voltage. Look at Puma Punku, which this place alone would be a great video for Simon to do. How in God's name did ancients do the cutting on those stones & furthermore, what were their uses? I would absolutely LOVE to know the answer to that one! I also think that there are answers to alot of these mysterious just sitting under the surface of the ground somewhere waiting to be discovered. Also, I think because of plate tectonics, there were alot of very ancient secrets that we will never know & that's a shame. Even the cement that the ancients used is more advanced than the cement we currently can make. That alone is astonishing. That's another video that Simon can do, ancient cement & why we can't replicate it. Great videos Simon. I enjoy your content!
Yoda Man (1 month ago)
Why do people still think carbon dating is a thing to be trusted?
Mally Falk (1 month ago)
I instantly perked up when he said there was a stonehedge in Salem, NH! I live right next to that town and have been dying to find some awesome historical places to explore! This video is awesome!
Sheik Yerbouti (1 month ago)
American: "Is that one of those rare Camelopes?" American: "I don't know, lets shoot it"
Ben soso (2 months ago)
It was most likely the nephlim who probably built these walls
Sean Binkley (2 months ago)
'Camelop...' 'Camelop!' 'Camelop!!' 'It's only a model!' 'Shhh!'
Beau LaFave (2 months ago)
"Wisconsin Copper Mining?" Nope. you are describing Copper Mining in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Adena Properties (2 months ago)
Your putative 'Stonehenge' constructions in New Hampshire were actually built by early European settlers to New England from Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They built the same, exact structures in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, too and for similar purposes. Also...some of these 'ancient structures' were actually faked during the past two decades by one family clan eager to gain publicity and funds. Ancient Americans did not construct such structures; they had no reason to and did not have the resources to do so. The Age of Building in North America, Meso-America and South America began quite late compared to the Old World. This was unfortunate TopTenz video. It starts out quite factual, then runs into pseudo-science and garbage archaeology. Do a better job investigating prior to posting. The factual information is quite easy to verify...ELSEWHERE on the net.
Adena Properties (2 months ago)
There were no races of giants--red haired or otherwise--in North America. All of the 'actual un-retouched photos' of giants discovered in North America, Europe, the Pacific or the Orient...are 'fabricated, photo-shopped and otherwise faked'. The accompanying story-line usually goes something like this: "The remains were discovered, excavated--then delivered to the [ Smithsonian / London Museum of Natural History / Paris Academy / Otago Museum in Dunedin, NZ ]...whereupon they were lost / stolen / misplaced...or 'suppressed'." Sorry, no three metre tall giant people for you today.
Nigel Garnett (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
0:53 Camelopaloon?? Sounds like camelpalooza.
Jason Swanson (3 months ago)
6:12 homotrumpicus
Paul Ford (3 months 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??
Paul Ford (1 month ago)
@Fenrir Unshackled Read up on the Bronze Age collapse in the Middle East, where entire societies in the region disintegrated. Societies and their technologies rise and fall all the time.
Fenrir Unshackled (1 month ago)
Its actually that we have no evidence they developed those technologies or cultural tendencies. Where we can point to the seafaring Norse peoples and see similarities. If a permanent society had developed along that path in north America they would have spread that culture across the continent as happened with Mesopotamia culture reaching as far north as Siberia and northern Norway.
NJtuber88 (3 months ago)
dire wolves could also talk and were ridden by goblins!
Very interesting, DIre Wolf and bog bodies
Trent Dirks (3 months ago)
Terrible fake accent
MAGGOT VOMIT (3 months ago)
MAGGOT VOMIT (1 month ago)
@a a *Sir Paramecium & Sir Euglena beg to differ and said, "Tell that Structureless Blob Amoeba, to Off Himself". xD*
a a (1 month ago)
Nope an ameoba was.
theangryhobos (3 months ago)
The bog people had their DNA sequenced and were found to be Native American. The solutreans were a dream.
michael åhlfors (3 months ago)
Chris Wilson (3 months ago)
Would the cocaine mummies of Egypt be relevant to this video or is that now thought to be debunked?
ViBe Is Like (4 months ago)
Can you do a list of just animals that existed in this time
mike hayes (4 months ago)
makes me think of the California golden brown bear and how ti would hunt in packs
Platform Studio (4 months ago)
the giant one was not right,i didn't expect this from your channel
J. Ngonono (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
looks like they cant be called native americans anymore
Lyla Christopherson (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
White people so badly want to think that they beat everyone else to the Americas.
Patricio Abello (4 months ago)
Earlier than that a settlement was found in South America in Chile
Justin Sias (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
I’m addicted to your videos!
Naiem Samo (4 months ago)
read a book they came before columbus some of this is a fat lie
B Sirius (4 months ago)
Graham Hancock.
216trixie (4 months ago)
GIANTS??= Noooo.
Danny Landrum (4 months ago)
The giants thing is pure hogwash / hoaxes.
mac11380 (2 months ago)
Not true, they also uncovered 10,000 year old basketballs proving giants existed......lol
Domus deBellum (4 months ago)
early humans didnt start coming here until after short faced bears were extinct. coincidence? you decide.
Ian Sayers (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Mass extinction event occurred.
Christopher Neely (4 months ago)
He did it all. He wrote letters, H. P. Lovecraft trolled the trolls.
Christopher Neely (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
As always see you next time?!?!?!?!?!? How dare you sir!
keepinitsk8a (4 months ago)
Europeans.. lol, how bout Africans.
Fenrir Unshackled (1 month ago)
@keepinitsk8a You say there are a lot of lies about African history, can you give me any examples (preferably with credible sources) of these lies? Even if you cant be bothered to find a source I would like to be able to look into it, as of now it sounds like a "we wuz kangz" conspiracy theory.
keepinitsk8a (1 month ago)
iSweat-Axion there’s a lot of lies told about African history so idrc bout any of that bro.
Fenrir Unshackled (1 month ago)
Well, we have no evidence of African cultures with advanced seafaring technologies at the time (at least to my knowledge) so the most like like li y candidates seem to be the seafaring Norse/scandinavian peoples.
Vespelian (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
You speak way too fast! Give us stupid people time absorb and comprehend please.
Musical Neptunian (4 months ago)
"Listen to my story about a man named Jed The poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed..."
Quixote1818 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Scientists think that the giant short-faced bear was more of a scavenger than a predator partially due to its long, thin legs.
Edwin Anderson (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Why not do a TopTenz on the mysteries of Simon Whistler?! I for one would love to know more about you.;)
Jestercorp (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
I love all your videos- thank you for giving me something interesting to watch 👌🏼❤️
LeftoverCrass FPV (4 months ago)
7 feet tall? Puny giant, said Andre
Thomas Wery (4 months ago)
Clovis folks
drko88 (4 months ago)
"america" you mean just the US.
alex (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
At last, someone who takes giants seriously, and wonders why the Smithsonian has never divulged the bones they were given!
Jessie91J (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
@Mike Berkman yeah,....no. lol
Joe Mamma (4 months ago)
@Mike Berkman yeah,....no. lol
Mike Berkman (4 months ago)
Gotta love "smart" text huh?
Joe Mamma (4 months ago)
@Mike Berkman 40 degrees stupid smart text on my phone. Now you'll never know. Oh, wait
Mike Berkman (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
One of your best Simon! Kudos to the team.
Hare Krishna (4 months ago)
If this topic interests any if you, you should search for Randal Carlson on youtube.
12799MaDeuce (4 months ago)
"BEAR-ing" not "BAY-ring"
micheal49 (4 months ago)
Llama -- YAH-ma
Liz Carroll (4 months ago)
Love your work... Thank you.
MrKMPT (4 months 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!
Fenrir Unshackled (1 month ago)
@Pendulum Panda Explain to me where evolution is pseudoscientific.
Pendulum Panda (4 months ago)
So many people get both evolution and adaptation mixed up. Evolution is pseudoscientific, while adaptation is not.
noobkiller100 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
*10,000 years ago.
James S (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Have you watched Europa: The Last Battle and The Greatest Story Never Told?
Jason Troy (4 months ago)
Facts ? Study more .
Dinshaw Darbary (4 months ago)
Nice one, Simon. Would love to see one on pre-Colombian visitors to America. 👍🏼🍀
Dinshaw Darbary (4 months ago)
Nice one, Simon. Would love to see one on pre-Colombian visitors to America. 👍🏼🍀
Joseph Wolf (4 months ago)
The camel's in America went to England and formed Camelot that is a proven fact
Claressa Lucas (4 months ago)
Would you tell us more of the "legends of giants" around North America? I had no idea!!
jjdogbutte (4 months ago)
Your authors need some remedial lessons in archaeology. Some of these stories have almost no support from reputable scientists...
X M16 (4 months ago)
How do you know that we probably didn’t know? You think we’re that dumb?
X M16 (4 months ago)
Shlong Dong Millionaire I’m not a sucker, but it seems that you are.
Shlong Dong Millionaire (4 months ago)
@X M16 *No You*
X M16 (4 months ago)
Shlong Dong Millionaire Then suck it up!
Shlong Dong Millionaire (4 months ago)
mds sdm (4 months ago)
Hells yeah, 'Murika!!
Patrick Connors (4 months ago)
Wait... since when is "see you next time" an as always thing?
nora22000 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Man’s best friend since old ancient times everywhere. Screw cats >_>
Joe Mamma (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
What about the human foot print founding new exude that dated 250 MILLION years ago.
Woody R (4 months ago)
So these giant skeletons...how big are their feet?
Gary W Norman (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Which means there was a giant bear doing a giant £hit in the woods. Sorry couldn't resist that one.
Sylvia Schultz (4 months ago)
American lion? That sounds awesome
Joe Mamma (4 months ago)
Its nickname is much cooler: Saber Toothed Cat
Jared Russell (4 months ago)
I hope y’all do a video on the Giant humans
Christopher Davis (4 months ago)
awesome...Most people are very EUrocentric
mjgerleman (4 months ago)
Just noticed Simon wears a wedding ring.
Pacific Blue (4 months ago)
Do Top Ten Uses for Leftover Macaroni Salad That Will Blow Your Mind
Pendulum Panda (4 months ago)
The world is only 10,000-years-old.
Alexander Heinricher (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
It's nice to see a video about American history and it not involve us starting any wars.
Nipple Johnston (4 months ago)
@Trollvolk show all these prehistoric topic videos that are being uploaded that I seem to have missed
Trollvolk (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Are you mental?

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