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Top 10 OLDEST Known OBJECTS Made by Man and his Ancestors

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Whenever something incredibly ancient and incredibly cool turns up, there’s always someone on hand to shout that it’s evidence of aliens. Awesome as it would be to know ET was hanging out here in 10,000 B.C. (or whenever), the truth is both much simpler and much more interesting. See, you don’t need aliens to explain away intricate ancient objects. We humans have been capable of creating incredible stuff since before there were even humans. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 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: Top 10 Hidden Truths About Historical Artifacts and Inventions https://youtu.be/vcRrizbsYcs?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Top 10 Ridiculous Theories About the Ancient Pyramids of Giza https://youtu.be/DAr0HjWO2bU?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKajPA6HFawry8Y3my_VX5Q Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-oldest-known-objects-made-man-ancestors.php Coming up: 10. Ice Age “Batons” (Approx. 28,000 years old) 9. Animal Figurines (30,000-40,000 years old) 8. Neanderthal Cave Art (40,800 years ago) 7. Ancient Flutes (42,000 years old) 6. Aterian Beads (110,000 years old) 5. Bone Awls (200,000-400,000 years old) 4. Projectile Points (200,000-400,000 years old) 3. Hand Axe (1.76m years old) 2. Oldowan Tools (Around 2.5m years ago) 1. Contents of the Lake Turkana Toolbox (3.3m years old) Source/Further reading: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4713323.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3328229.stm http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-cave-art-debate-100617099/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/06/120614-neanderthal-cave-paintings-spain-science-pike/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120524092226.htm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090505163021.htm http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/behavior/making-clothing/bone-awls http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/behavior/getting-food/projectile-point https://www.theguardian.com/science/2011/aug/31/hand-axes-oldest-advanced-stone-tools https://www.britannica.com/topic/Oldowan-industry http://www.npr.org/2015/05/20/407968529/chipping-away-at-the-mystery-of-the-oldest-tools-ever-found https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9d/Hieroglif_z_Abydos.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Flemish_-_Apes_Dancing_to_Ring-around-a-Rosy_-_Walters_W82193R_-_Detail_A.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/baton-640x424.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/BM_Ice_Age_Art_event%2C_October_2011DSCF7193.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e8/Hohler_Fels_Halle_Achtal_Schelklingen.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Upper_paleolithic_reindeer_antler_tools_with_figurative_art.jpg http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~sinclair/sinclairphotosmall.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/Original_Venus_vom_Hohlefels_20150118.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Le_Moustier.jpg https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2013/03/24/19/27/neanderthals-96507_960_720.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hands-640x428.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/68/Aurignacian_culture_map-fr.svg/640px-Aurignacian_culture_map-fr.svg.png http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/flute-640x400.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bb/La_grotte_aux_pigeons_%C3%A0_La_Poterie_Cap_d%27Antifer_%28Normandie%29.JPG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRD_eMk0Yu0 http://www.oujdacity.net/data/Image/Tourisme/Grotte_Pigeons_Talbi.JPG http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/beads.jpg http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/awls-640x438.jpg https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/fa/bf/e9/fabfe9f8c198fae3f6a5b1c6a53978fd.jpg http://www.thewaythetruthandthelife.net/index/1_foundationy/1-06_christs-spirit/1-6-00_postulates/mammoths-ancient-great-scene_si.jpg
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Jay John (2 days ago)
This video is old but I have a question - 11:23 - "This item shouldn't exist." My question is: Where does that leave us? Did we simply get it wrong?
therealswarvey (5 days ago)
Extra like for the Yo Momma joke!!!
Shane Hilliard (6 days ago)
your shoes are awesome man keep them going gets better and better every time.. do some about the Indians bro
Michael Rager (15 days ago)
So many holes in carbon dating. I'm surprised, you haven't done a video about it.
mary harvey (16 days ago)
NOT believing women used those as sex toys at all. I don't see a safe place, or time for them to get into that back in those days. No ER for wood phallus mishaps, either.
franl155 (18 days ago)
wow, thanks for this! so many new [to me] things to look up and find out about.
Jeff B (19 days ago)
Simply fantastic and entertaining, Simon!
Isaiah (19 days ago)
Because it has tits doesnt mean it was used to jerk off to.. wtf is wrong with you people.
Grier MacDonald (24 days ago)
Venus of Hohle fels is a fertility statue...
Dee Lee (25 days ago)
Thanks for goin back millions of years...some people don't do that.
Mike Harnett (25 days ago)
Neanderthals weren't human? Homo Sapiens Neanderthanensis? Then why do many modern people have a small percentage of Neanderthan DNA in them? They would necessarily have to be human for that to happen. And "Saber-Toothed Tiger"? We've known for many decades they were not "Tigers" There are more factual errors in this flawed presentation than should be allowed on youtube. Appalling.
ryan farrell (28 days ago)
Did this video really just credit ancient europeans with the birth of music and art?
Mark Bolton (30 days ago)
Scripting was a tad flippant.
Chris getoutflgbrnr (1 month ago)
If we came from apes then wheres evolution now huh??
Chris getoutflgbrnr (1 month ago)
You prolly think we came from apes like a bald azz
Chris getoutflgbrnr (1 month ago)
Its not a sex toy from ice age wat a bald loser an they already proved it was a tool not a toy so fake new you are
bert havermout (1 month ago)
or tools to make fire ... beads = boring
bert havermout (1 month ago)
Where did the wheel go ... ?
joseph greetham (1 month ago)
I thought the voice was Bear Grylls lol
Tom Hill (1 month ago)
The middle stone age is known as the Mesolithic. And it was not 200,000 to 400,000 years ago. Mesolithic was roughly 12,000 to 5,000 years ago, varying region to regio. You mean Paleolithic.
A Mori (1 month ago)
Mr. Whistler, if you want to keep the show excellent. ..don't change a damn thing. I find your stories so very interesting. Please keep up the great work.
Big Yehudah (1 month ago)
PhotoTrekr (1 month ago)
Love this kind of stuff.
Jay Bingham (1 month ago)
will one day people stumble upon the remains of a giant plastic dildo...possibly still riddled with human dna and herpes viruses?
Scott B (1 month ago)
How the hell do we know they are sex toys
Tragoudistros.MPH (1 month ago)
It's a shame that we can never really know what kinds of biodegradable materials they used and made....
Tragoudistros.MPH (1 month ago)
3:07 ... humans can attain that shape, we call it 'pear shaped' bodies. Hell, ever heard of a 'fattening hut' used in rituals?
Tragoudistros.MPH (1 month ago)
1:15 ... I'm sorry, I didn't even almost see a sex toy or phallus lol. I thought it looked like the top of a crutch or something to tie a rope to lol
lee (1 month ago)
This guy isn't even human cuz he says "man and his ancestor" implying he is not human
lee (1 month ago)
If Neanderthals aren't human then I guess if u are 2% Neanderthal ur also 2% not human, or 2% monkey, ape, gorilla, or wtf ever Neanderthals are according to this dumbfuck
DS Scroggin (1 month ago)
Turns out cave men liked big butts as well
Elwookiee07 (1 month ago)
“Hey honey I’m home” Wife : “how as your day” Husband : “ oh man it was awesome, punching those woolly mammoth is a great stress reliever.”
casinodelonge (1 month ago)
I'm amazed he didnt find the time to add on some adverts for a company that makes sharpened rocks.
Brendon W (1 month ago)
Wow... The missing link maybe?
Canuck Fundy (1 month ago)
I'm no expert, but I believe the first objects were shaft straighteners, not phallus's.
thom Harvey (1 month ago)
LOL! Little more tab apes!!!!LOL!!!
Big Tex (1 month ago)
Says he doesn’t know what flint knapping is and at 9:50 it’s an exact demonstration of flint knapping. (Tool working)
Jessie L.A. (1 month ago)
Amazing this channel makes millions of dollars making inaccurate 10 min videos! Proof the mass public will believe anything
John Darvill (1 month ago)
Those Ice Age batons are arrow/spear shaft straighteners, the shaft was placed in the hole and pressure was then applied to produce a straight shaft. Now days we carry essentials such as phones with personalised phone cases, back then this was an essential piece of kit and everyone had and used one. It's the original... "Dog & Bone" .......Phone
Sophie -Jo Donohue (1 month ago)
Dude that’s aboriginal paintings.
Sythen (2 months ago)
Bridget Benson (2 months ago)
The hands always get me it's something so human that we still do
krrrruptidsoless (2 months ago)
So apparently science believes that human intelligent evolved from killing. That means they were scavenging dead rotting carcasses. And they evolved from eating plants, to eating dead rotting carcasses because they started breeding. And breeding means that their lineage was lost from what they were born from. And so the people who they were born to, with no knowledge of anything except maybe walking around then started following carnivores. And following carnivores that went wherever herbivores were, means that their plant food source would be left behind. And those things he called sex toys, looked more like a some sort of artificial limb....or a piece of the first marionette. The Puppeteer that made them will stand above the cave entrance and dance the marionette at the entrance of a cave to check if there was any Cave Bears inside. They figured cave bears would attack the marionette, so they were basically cave bear checking devices. Where calling cave bears from standing outside of a cave and yelling chicken usually got the cave person eaten. So, yeah. It's just a part off of a marionette. Apparently a leg. 😐 Two tanka man?
Dante (2 months ago)
there were many sculptures similar in early b.c (talking about #9) and were meant to symbolize fertility not meant to be erotic i don’t know where u got the info from but you shouldn’t just use wikipedia or the top sources when searching n look deeper
Thomas Darby (2 months ago)
And I always laughed at the term "Homo Erectus," now I know why...
Melanie Gregory (2 months ago)
I could do without the long explanations that preceded these shows.
James Rosemary (2 months ago)
The Black Monolith used to be in Lake Turkana...
Kevin White (2 months ago)
Earth goddess not erotica....geez
Tom Boyce (2 months ago)
I might start identifying as a Neanderthal.
Steve White (2 months ago)
Damn, You out did yourself on this episode. Still laughing, thanx 😅
Miss Lotus (2 months ago)
Knapping was shaping flint into tools
Stephen Sellers (2 months ago)
Was that art by vango
Shaun Elliott (2 months ago)
I'm all for evolution, but I'm not sure that the time line used at the moment is correct. We have all this going back as far as you have, but then we have modern man appearing in the blink of an eye,evolutionary speaking, maybe we haven't found enough old stuff to sort out this jigsaw just yet?
blair nickerson (2 months ago)
you should end every sentence with..'maybe or possibly.
Kitana Kojima (3 months ago)
We were eating meat by the time homo habilis arrived. Homo erectus and sapien certainly ate animal tissue. Theres evidence that habilis used stone tools to consume animal flesh
Kitana Kojima (3 months ago)
The "dildoes" and venus figure were both fertility symbols. Not so much ancient perverts and chubby chasers.
Kitana Kojima (3 months ago)
The same way a shiva lingam is representative of a phallus, its all based in fertility rites, not just perversion.
Fishing Sideways. (3 months ago)
To make a top 10 video but you can't even look up what napping Flint is really you're just a clickbaiter.
Demep Airless (3 months ago)
Awesome content. Please subscribe to help Top Tenz to last 4 ever :)
vato locos forever (3 months ago)
I'm out of here I'm not here to learn about dildos
a (3 months ago)
Taking out the flute "anyway, here's wonderwall"
jpharleyd (3 months ago)
Does anyone else find this guy's voice annoying? And fyi, Neanderthals were human, just a different branch of the human family. That's why they could mate and reproduce with Cro magnon humans.
All the answers (3 months ago)
Human culture is far older than we could imagine...
lemmingscanfly5 (3 months ago)
If Neanderthals aren’t human that would mean that black people are literally more human than whites and asians.
Just Smashing (3 months ago)
so basically we went from knowing nothing. To knowing it all to survive. To being amazing at one thing each and no knowing how live off the land or anything. in short we learn forget then relearn. life is amazing
Xevil Splat (3 months ago)
I am addicted to TopTenz. I haven't been to work for month!
Howard Fulbright (3 months ago)
You lost me when you didn't know what napping Flintstones ment . It's the process of making arrowheads of spearheads by chipping away at the edges. So you really don't understand even the basics of primitive culture. I'm disappointed in you.
slayer 1 (3 months ago)
I don't know where to start this time lol they had so many animals around they didn't need to kill a giant mammoth LOL and that Mammoth would have been a lot bigger then those caveman technically speaking they would have been shorter also but in your defense it could have been a baby
slayer 1 (3 months ago)
Simon are you for real do you think fast food places only happened for about a 400 year. One time in millions of years are you for real remember Mad Max they were civilized at first also and then they declined being that there were mostly children there ultimately no one would know how to operate certain things they would have to figure things out as they went along which brings us to the Here and Now. Hello Simon we're back LOL
Lu Ku (1 month ago)
To destroy all traces of advanced civilization would be a fairly difficult feat.
DiamondBoii Tv (3 months ago)
Why do you look like vsauce
Michael Dread Andersen (3 months ago)
Knapping/napping(however it is spelled) is hammering chips off Flintstones to make knives, axes, arrow points etcetera
Michael Dread Andersen (3 months ago)
Knapping/napping(however it is spelled) is hammering chips off Flintstones to make knives, axes, arrow points etcetera
Stephen Hugh Cook (3 months ago)
Secretly kind of cool? Nah! It's just plain old awesome, Simon! No secret about it.
V. Hansen (3 months ago)
What a bunch of malarchy. What evidence is there that those batons were sex toys. They look like useful tool to me.
TheOv3rlordK1ng (4 months ago)
Trust me cave women where not busy making sex toys. They were busy trying to avoid being raped by multiple men and giving birth alone or dying in the event.. no hospitals back then. And you would not make a sex toy with a clear pivot point where it was attached to something else. Looks more like a handle
Jonathan Moody (4 months ago)
Gerald McLaughlin (4 months ago)
Terrible video he can't stop rambling,those batons,or " sextoys, were used to straighten arrows and spears, you soak them in water to soften them up,then put the arrow or spear through the hole and pry it the direction you need to go in order to straighten it. This allows the arrow or spear to fly straight
L Zad (4 months ago)
Neanderthals were human. They created art, buried their dead with grave goods, and cared for sick/injured/ elderly tribe members. They could also speak, and survived for at least 300,000 years in an extremely hostile climate.
Mark Skell (4 months ago)
I wonder how many times stairway to heaven was played on them bone flutes. Derp
Artie Obenaer (4 months ago)
This guy is an idiot savant, just copies what everyone else discovered and cannot get facts right.
Artie Obenaer (4 months ago)
There is zero proof that Neanderthal left art, those are Cro Magnons hands. Neanderthals have absolutely nothing till contact.
Monkor002 (4 months ago)
Some stone age tool maker learned to make arrowheads with his moms dildo LUL
Larry Slemp (4 months ago)
Awesome man!! Great presentation!! Wonder why when 'showing' the projectile point, there was no ancient point shown, just a replica, with no date found, place found, etc.?
Mathew Omolo (4 months ago)
i hate to be that guy but it's "too-r-kana"
john pope (4 months ago)
excellent work. thank you
Silvia Summers (4 months ago)
How can you date the hand-shadows on the cave wall? The color is red ocher, a mineral. You cannot date minerals like organic material. We actually have no idea how old they are. Using the wood litter or other organic material found at the same location assumes that this cave was visited only at one point in history, which is an unfounded assumption, highly unscientific.
Silvia Summers (4 months ago)
Since we only find bones of a tie to people, the assumption that there were no fat people then is unscientific speculation. Why shouldn't there have been fat people? We know nothing about how much food was available to our ansestors. Those living in the tropics had year around food in abundance.
Haroon Awan (4 months ago)
WOW. Simply amazing. Most of that information is new for me. I am Amazed how much creative humans and other humanoids of that time were. Whatever time they were living in its quite extraordinary to see all of these inventions. Its just like one morning you wake up and your loved one says to that lets teleport somewhere in the world. I mean its that crazy. Right???
DhmDusty (4 months ago)
why do I now have to look up what napping flint is?...... It means sharpening a flint for arrows, spearheads etc.
22vx (4 months ago)
236 deluded creationists hit dislike
Jay McJakome (4 months ago)
What a great video! It was just as fantastic this time as it was before. However, as northern Europeans have been shown by genetic tests to have from 2-4% Neanderthal genes, is it correct to say that Neanderthals are not human [or that Europeans are "mostly" human]?
Scott MacGovern (5 months ago)
Emma SpAce (5 months ago)
Ice age thicc
Selma Cat (5 months ago)
Tu tank ha muun. I was thinking, what are you talking about ? , then it clicked 😂😂 is than an official phonetic translation ? I have never heard that pronunciation.
Indifferent Centrist (5 months ago)
"Homo Erectus" sounds like something you'd find on Urban Dictionary, a rather disturbing sex act or something to that effect.
Kristin Owens (5 months ago)
I don't have think you can say that Neanderthals were not human since Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis lived at the same time and interbreed with each other. They were for all intents and purpose a different species of human or possible a subspecies depending on your definition of speciation.
Uncle Screw (5 months ago)
Number one should have been women
Caroline Bartel (5 months ago)
Where's the evidence it was a sex toy? Weak attempt at lame humor.
PapaYo4XXX (5 months ago)
Your delivery washin fire in this one Simon! Great vid and job!

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