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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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Edana ni Emer (16 hours ago)
All right. I tried to resist, but I can't. You are essentially entirely wrong about how humans hunted before the advent of projectile weapons. Look up "Pursuit predation". We would basically chase prey at a walking pace for days on end until it dropped dead of fear and/or exhaustion. (When available, entire herds would be chased off cliffs and the remains harvested instead, but there weren't always cliffs around. ) Humans may not be that fast compared to other members of the animal kingdom, but we are capable of some INSANE feats of endurance.
Brexit Refugee (2 days ago)
Neanderthals were human. Machu picchu was built in the 1450s.
veggiegal7 (3 days ago)
How about “humans and their ancestors”...?
David San (3 days ago)
wtf is a baaa-ton?
Cheyenne Takitimu (6 days ago)
It's SABRE TOOTH CAT!!! Not Tiger!
Honza Lajksner (6 days ago)
Why do people keep thinking of the entire technological evolution of man in such linear terms? Just like the biological evolution that goes with it, its more like a tree with branches, meaning cultures, ideas and inventions, either persisting and further evolving, or dying. I think lots of things have been independently developed and invented, or reinvented in the past. I think i read something about bows being invented independently by people that supposedly never met. Also, i think the simpler the technology, the more likely it is to be invented many times by many different groups of people. For all we know, the wheel might have been invented much sooner, only to be forgotten. I mean, its not a complicated concept, all it takes is one bright guy with an idea and some determination.
Robert Jardine (6 days ago)
We're much older than that, in 2016 hominid teeth were found in Germany dated at 4.9 million years
nosuchthing8 (12 days ago)
At around 11 min in, you are mocking ancient folk for not realizing that stones are sharper than teeth. Not really fair, the ancient folk had very sharp teeth, look at a baboon for example.
Sally Joyce (14 days ago)
😎 cool
Garden Witch (16 days ago)
Objects made by men and his... proceeds to tell us about objects made by women for women. Women in ancient history were considered magical and revered. Y'all don't deserve us.
D M (17 days ago)
"Older than Stonehenge and Machu Picchu.." Mate, Oxford University is older than Machu Picchu. The Tower of London is 400 years older than Machu Picchu.
Nahin Khan (21 days ago)
I wonder how accurate Carbon dating is.
3.3million years later and we're still killing eachother because 'they've got what I want '. Brilliant!
Dodge Ram (22 days ago)
Bones with holes are not sex toys. That are weapons, throwing sticks
Sam masterbaiter (24 days ago)
Simon you're so funny. "You come home from a long day of mammoth punching" lmfao.
your name (25 days ago)
Lol this was made two years ago news flash out of Africa isn't the only theory or even the most likely one
PNW Sportbike Life (27 days ago)
I’m not even watching this on my phone, in the bathtub. Okay, fine; you got me.
Jonathan Valenzuela (1 month ago)
Do you know who decided that number 10 was a sex toy or how they decide that? Would have been interesting to hear. Also, for number 8. I think that cave painting was in Asia, Indonesia, not in Spain, but I'm only basing this off of wikipedia. Similar paintings are apparently found in Argentina, but I did not see any in Spain on the wiki page for cave paintings. All though, France and Spain do have old paintings too. Not as old the oldest painting known to man which is in South Africa and dates to around 73,000 years ago.
AntFletch28 (1 month ago)
Took me way too long to realise who he meant when he said Two tank-a-moon. Never heard anyone pronounce it like that before
Sunshine Viking (1 month ago)
Number 10 were arrow/dart straighteners. The arrow or atlatl dart would be heated over a fire and then slipped through the hole in the straightener. Pressure was applied to bend the arrow into line. A similar tools is still used today by people who make their own bows and arrows.
Kevin Herman (1 month ago)
Am I the only one that noticed those hairy ape-men (and ape-women) had their sensitive areas exposed? 🤣🤣
Michael Weskamp (1 month ago)
I bet there is more to find in the caves of other countries. They just need to look.
Michael Weskamp (1 month ago)
pronounce it like "who-le Fells" it means "hollow rock".
Robert Smith (1 month ago)
D baton is not a sex toy. D baton is used 2 help with constipation. D diet eaten gave them what grandpa called D plug!
BLB CASE (1 month ago)
newsflash - evolution is only imagination... no science behind it. just make believe. even dating objects at 1000s or millions of years is based on assumptions and fallacies.
Ish Kabibble (1 month ago)
"They didn't have to get within 'eating distance'".
dcjm85 (1 month ago)
Homo erectus 😉😉
Hattori Hanzō (1 month ago)
Flint-knapping is the skill of making arrowheads and such out of rocks by hitting a rock with another kind of rock at a specific angle, causing it to sort of flake off pieces of the rock into very sharp blades and tips and such. I'm not an expert but, that's my basic definition of the term.
Michael Williams (1 month ago)
Beyond any doubt carbon dating is wrong tool box is some proof
Sadistic Hamster (1 month ago)
11:12 Hairy body and shaved balls.
ken Bullock (1 month ago)
thanks for the video...
Roger Patrick Niello (1 month ago)
He called it a tomb.
clancy2k (1 month ago)
The apes that made tools 3M years ago are more intelligent than people who play Fortnite.
Ethan Stout (1 month ago)
Not secretly kind of cool, just straight cool.
Davrial aka Blue Mario (1 month ago)
"BAT-uns" Is... Is that supposed to be "batons"? Legitimately curious, I had 0 idea what he was trying to say. I've heard different pronounciations in British before but that's extreme. For reference we in America say "ba-ton" with neither part being extremely emphasized and "-ton" said like "on" not "button" or "ton"
Harsh Kovela (1 month ago)
What's with those eyeglasses man!?
J Q (1 month ago)
The history of man narrative they give us including this is given too and for the dumb , he thinks we are dumb as well , I doubt the flint Knapp was a dildo , most would , funny he says what’s napping flint but number 2 he talks about it , it’s just for show , it’s just a show
Ken Skater (1 month ago)
Science no longer thinks we are descendents of apes.
Mad Man (1 month ago)
As a long time "Flint digger" this one is my fav. Keep up the great work Simon.😁
scottiethegreat74 (1 month ago)
Don't let any young earth creationists watch this!! This will totally flip them out!! 😂😂
Paul Michel (1 month ago)
Most of the homo species are considered to be species of humans.
Willa Wolfendøttr (2 months ago)
Simon, your commentary on this video is even better than usual. And one of the top reasons I watch...only the ability to potentially learn something new tops it.
Willa Wolfendøttr (2 months ago)
I believe the Venus was probably a fertility Idol. I don't mean like you being super fertile but rather the land around you being fertile providing you with abundant food and other supplies. Like, "oh great goddess of the Earth, please make sure we can survive."
Lisette Bronkhorst (2 months ago)
Today's advice: Watch the part about the 'sex toys' again with subtitles. They sneaked in a "yo momma" joke at the end.
MICHAEL GOLD (2 months ago)
The oldest known objects are rocks. Done.
Gideon (2 months ago)
Too tank amun
D She (2 months ago)
People made beads long before they made wheels. Cool.
darren coward (2 months ago)
What about the london hammer its hundreds of millions years old and metal
Scrappy zohan coco (2 months ago)
Donald Trump & Paris hilton were both residents of the jersey shore at one time just proves it even more 😂 😂
Perilous Jack (2 months ago)
Superb thanks Simon.
juliete tease (2 months ago)
looks look one of those klingon weopns from star trek lol
Andrew Mcgibbon (2 months ago)
This was one of the best
Okami_No _Heishi (2 months ago)
Simon is so cool!😝😝
Bruce Siefken (2 months ago)
honorable mention, potatoes came from Machu Picchu not Ireland. thanks for the vid
Arthur Newton (2 months ago)
really really cool.
Goatcha (2 months ago)
Check your facts.
James Hartsfield (2 months ago)
Most enlightening. Thank you. Some of your artifacts look like atlatls, but I don't really know.
Gen Li (2 months ago)
The batons des commandments rarely looked like that, and no, it’s not a mainstream opinion that they’re sex toys. Again, the Venus is only thought to be porn by a fringe minority of idiots. That Venus has horizontal striations across her belly because she is recently post-partum. Far more likely to be a safe birth totem—hope for a successful birth and plenty of milk after.
Code The Artist (2 months ago)
Something tells me that sex toy isn't a sex toy. There's a lot more to worry about than sex at the time LMFAO humans are so dumb when we're not forced to be smart
Bowley4 (2 months ago)
Incredible
Cotter 123 (2 months ago)
What about the sandal footprint, 300 million yrs.
Ken Gamble (2 months ago)
Your attempt at humor and intelligence leaves much to be desired ! 👎
Origami Tesseract (2 months ago)
I will give you this, I did not expect you to start off this list with ancient dildos.
Jim Greene (2 months ago)
"Saber tooth tiger" is a misnomer. They were not tigers. The scientifically accepted term is "saber-toothed cat."
John Parr (2 months ago)
Thanks nerd
Wheels Lifts (2 months ago)
Flint knapping is the act of chipping flint in a way to make it sharp. Like native American arrow heads, or the obsidian that south Americans knapped to make swords and stuff. Kind of wierd that it was used as a dildo and a flint knapper. That's a really wierd multipurpose tool
immortal fade (2 months ago)
imagine needing to right the real date and time on a letter instead of something like 4/22/2019 5:28 pm
Paul Max (2 months ago)
You know what I find interesting? Your strange pronunciation of Tutankhamen. You have a singular way of pronouncing certain words that I find very strange indeed. I enjoy the content very much. But,man o man you can really come up with strange interpretations of words.
jeff scholl (2 months ago)
Rocks. Cavemen threw rocks at birds. small animals and such. Experts, dead eye, sharpshooter and deadly (see David and Goliath).Happy Day.
Actually it's been proven most old cave art was done with menstrual blood
fxdeuce (2 months ago)
You left out Pat Robertson
x24 agthorn (3 months ago)
my studies claim 3:02 was a deity figure NOT PORN *sigh*
nosuchthing8 (12 days ago)
Maybe there was no difference between the two at that time
x24 agthorn (3 months ago)
how the [email protected]#$ is that presumed to be a dildo? instruction manual? batteries;? what is it with archaeologists that every dodad they find has something to do with sex, war, hunt or gods? maybe its art? or a kids toy? or a tool? maybe its some random garbage!
Sketchii McKatt (3 months ago)
why do parts of your glasses disappear???????
Peaches Jackofski (3 months ago)
But how do they know these things are this old?? I thought carbon dating only went back 50,000 years?? I’d be grateful if anyone could tell me??
Nick T (1 month ago)
there are a range of other techniques based on the decay of other radioisotopes that have far longer Half-lives than carbon 14 (the basis of carbon dating is its decay to carbon 12). for example, argon-argon dating. other techniques based on how long ago sediments were last exposed to light (luminescence dating techniques) can also be used and the best most reliable dates use multiple methods to cross-check the age.
jmac (3 months ago)
Cool eff ells?? Spelling?
Just Hunt46 (3 months ago)
You take forever to say nothing
Sterling Silver (3 months ago)
If Neanderthals were not "human" then WTF are they doing in MY DNA?
bob thompson (3 months ago)
I thought those dull rocks that were secretly kinda cool were sharp. Lol
bob thompson (3 months ago)
The batons for flint napping were used at band camp with the failutes lol.
Corbin Garrett (3 months ago)
I live in the American Southwest. I can go down to the river less than a mile from my home and literally can't take a step without stepping on fragments of Native American pottery, I've been told that some of it could be as old as 2000 years. The biggest piece I've found was about as big as my palm.
Chris Cameron (3 months ago)
a baton? thats a dildo sir lol
Ashley King (3 months ago)
Wooly mammoth punching 😂😂😂
Jack Bailey (3 months ago)
Well done
Julia Lerner (3 months ago)
There is no reason to believe that stone tools were the first tools. They just last longer in the archaeological record, but things like slingshots, darts, canteens, twine, bags, etc, were likely used long before climate changes made softer materials less available for tool making. Also, those "Venus" sculptures were most likely intended as "mommy dolls" for the comforting of those whose mothers had passed on and were facing childbirth or other difficulties alone.
Cody McElroy (3 months ago)
Wtf is a “bat-un”? You mean a “buh-tawn”?
David Roberts (3 months ago)
Disagree with the assumed age but just imagine the world back then when the guy was making it.on a second note the ape men were dependants of Cain some mated with the ape like creature others with human and so on thats where we get the neanderthal and other human like beings some of Cain's direct dependants may have floted around and survived the flood carrying the mark to this day
Dee Nitchie (3 months ago)
Jewelry was used to mark wealth of a tribe. Not our wealth tho. Back then, you struggle every day to live. You can die getting food, you can die by a random predator, you can starve or freeze to death if hunters can’t hunt. And then you come across a tribe who have tunics decorated with shells and beads, intricate fur designs along with it all. That means they have the time to make things pretty. They aren’t struggling for food, defending themselves at all time, in constant danger, or in fear of starving. They have time to sit around and carve holes into shells and sew them onto the things that keep them warm. That’s luxury.
Mantis (3 months ago)
if there were ET or not. how does this matter??? we live on a weird ball that revolves around gas giant. is this not astonishing, then I don't know what is?
Barry Wainwright (3 months ago)
Wow who is this brilliant bald cone head fella that talks very fast, doesn't stutter and isn't reading from a script? Its amazing how many brilliant people like this are making videos on YouTube on so many diversified subjects.
Twisted Angel (3 months ago)
Oh *yawn* sometimes a rock "tool" is just a rock. "Oh yaaaa! I've just found a 9.3 million year old tool in my yard!" *looks at rock* 😏😂
Adox Artist (3 months ago)
11:45 Weirdest pronunciations ever.
Mikhail Alexandrovich (3 months ago)
If you want to see proof that Neanderthals are still alive, look up Rebecca Mcnaughten on facebook.
grovermatic (3 months ago)
This video made me surprisingly emotional.
Paul S (3 months ago)
Furries have been around since day 1
Astraea Star (3 months ago)
This episode was absolutely fascinating, thank you
Stu McCabe (3 months ago)
The idea that the "Venus" figures are erotica is only one of several hypotheses about their function, and many are convinced that they did not have an erotic function. I believe the research behind this video was very cursory and shallow.
genuinevinyl (3 months ago)
Stu McCabe I’m disappointed with level of research. The first tool with holes is thought to be used to straighten spears. There are videos that show how this is done.
Salmonfaky (3 months ago)
TOO-TANKA-MOON ???
Christy Gagnon (3 months ago)
"collectively freak out"... 😂😂😂
Jeff Peterson (3 months ago)
Anything can be a dildo if you're brave enough...
Anonymous Joker (3 months ago)
We've been reset a few times

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