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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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fxdeuce (8 hours ago)
You left out Pat Robertson
x24 agthorn (2 days ago)
my studies claim 3:02 was a deity figure NOT PORN *sigh*
x24 agthorn (2 days 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 (2 days ago)
why do parts of your glasses disappear???????
Peaches Jackofski (3 days 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??
jmac (4 days ago)
Cool eff ells?? Spelling?
Just Hunt46 (4 days ago)
You take forever to say nothing
Sterling Silver (5 days ago)
If Neanderthals were not "human" then WTF are they doing in MY DNA?
bob thompson (5 days ago)
I thought those dull rocks that were secretly kinda cool were sharp. Lol
bob thompson (5 days ago)
The batons for flint napping were used at band camp with the failutes lol.
Corbin Garrett (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
a baton? thats a dildo sir lol
Ashley King (7 days ago)
Wooly mammoth punching 😂😂😂
Jack Bailey (7 days ago)
Well done
Julia Lerner (7 days 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 (7 days ago)
Wtf is a “bat-un”? You mean a “buh-tawn”?
David Roberts (8 days 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 (8 days 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 (8 days 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 (10 days 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 (10 days 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 (10 days ago)
11:45 Weirdest pronunciations ever.
Mikhail Alexandrovich (11 days ago)
If you want to see proof that Neanderthals are still alive, look up Rebecca Mcnaughten on facebook.
grovermatic (11 days ago)
This video made me surprisingly emotional.
Paul S (11 days ago)
Furries have been around since day 1
Astraea Star (11 days ago)
This episode was absolutely fascinating, thank you
ChekhovBla (12 days ago)
Of course apes made tools- they still do.
Stu McCabe (12 days 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 (10 days 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 (12 days ago)
TOO-TANKA-MOON ???
Christy Gagnon (12 days ago)
"collectively freak out"... 😂😂😂
Jeff Peterson (13 days ago)
Anything can be a dildo if you're brave enough...
Gunzmith Dragonkind (16 days ago)
i didnt think monkeys like you could make stuff like that 40 thousand yrs ago...since you were a monkey
Anonymous Joker (16 days ago)
We've been reset a few times
Last Shadow (17 days ago)
Learn history for your selves!!!!!!
Skullduggery (18 days ago)
Simon,kidney failure indeed,had to stop vid can’t help chuckling to myself,love your sense of humour.
Shaun Kennedy (20 days ago)
Mother goddess, sabertooth cat
Shaun Kennedy (20 days ago)
How do they know it was a sex toy?
chris kaprys (20 days ago)
What did the cave man say after crafting a sharp tool from bone? "Awl done."
Kushtika Devilfish (23 days ago)
Neanderthals were 100% human. Caucasians share 4% of their bloodline. Cro Magnon (whom had a brain size a tennis ball larger than current size caucasians brains) bred with them. Australian aborigines are likely similar in brain capacity to Neanderthals, though Neanderthals anatomy evolved to attack prey with a hand held (non throwing) spear causing a short and stout physical structure.
Lost in Brent (24 days ago)
Why take a moment to insult the name of a French cave? You arrogant douchebag! If you don't understand the language or it's cultural references then you are the idiot, not those who named it.
kayakchrispy (25 days ago)
Great video
Khol (26 days ago)
Or perhaps carrying around a heap of tools is heavy. If you have a nomadic lifestyle it would probably be easier (after downing the animal with your spear or arrow that you take with you) to lean over and smash two rocks together to get a sharp edge and start skinning. Also in the last 100 years the amount of carbon14 in our atmosphere has changed as much as 3%. Apparently 200k years ago it was several times what it is now. I don't think carbon 14 can be relied upon for dating.
Charles Davis (27 days ago)
"Sex toys," I doubt it... but as an instrument for the ritual braking of the hymen, maybe. These kinds of ritual instruments are still used in some places in Africa.
Hannah Cruse (28 days ago)
Rolling my archaeologist eyes back so far I can actually see the past.
Eric Webster (29 days ago)
your glasses make your green screen glitch out
Jason Coughenour (29 days ago)
This video is proof of aliens
YeeSoest (29 days ago)
You know what? If a bird died of kidney failure right in front of me...I would not eat it. That's how far we've come: From ultimate jackpot of treats to "yuck, clean up on aisle 3"
EPhockey12 (1 month ago)
off brand V sauce
Aftersex Highfives (1 month ago)
Don't the beads prove that we lived a somewhat relaxed lifestyle? If there was jewelery then there was a society for someone to care about that jewelery. I think it's a bigger discovery than really let on. I think it's proof of that cyclical society theory. We are not the first height.
Actualy neanderthal are humans. Allot of us cary som trace of neanderthal DNA sins our ancestors cross bread
Lyle Hampton (1 month ago)
The way you butchered the pronunciation of “Tutankhamen “ has me triggered
sirko cipko (1 month ago)
what a waste of time
SirisTheSlayer (1 month ago)
I saw that yo mama joke
swimingbird88 (1 month ago)
How was the London Hammer not on this list
Callum Houston (1 month ago)
Who the hell is Tutan-cum-un?
Angelarius (1 month ago)
4:29 Due to the way genetics works, you are related to some (if not all) of the people whose hands are outlined on that cave wall some 40,000 years ago. That would be something like your great great great great great.... add on about 800 more "greats"... grandmother or grandfather. I find that chilling and comforting at the same time. Those were homo sapiens, they viewed the world the same way we do, just without as much information, their capacity for intelligence however was the same as our own.
Dexter C (1 month ago)
Absolutely fascinating. Mind blowingly incomprehensible
I am VERY grateful to have been born in this era,... I wouldn't do well without a hot shower somewhere in close vicinity,... *: )*
Tyler Kloster (1 month ago)
I dont believe in evolution... dont believe the earth is millions years old.. i do believe this is interesting though 😁
Vincent Gaulin (1 month ago)
I keep seeing french text in your video and that's nice. I wonder if it's intentional of if it's because it was the only source avaible.
Natalie D (1 month ago)
Maybe History is wrong and humans are older than we thought.
Jay John (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Extra like for the Yo Momma joke!!!
Shane Hilliard (2 months ago)
your shoes are awesome man keep them going gets better and better every time.. do some about the Indians bro
"Tutankamoon"
Michael Rager (2 months ago)
So many holes in carbon dating. I'm surprised, you haven't done a video about it.
mary harvey (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
wow, thanks for this! so many new [to me] things to look up and find out about.
Jeff B (2 months ago)
Simply fantastic and entertaining, Simon!
Isaiah (2 months ago)
Because it has tits doesnt mean it was used to jerk off to.. wtf is wrong with you people.
Grier MacDonald (2 months ago)
Venus of Hohle fels is a fertility statue...
Dee Lee (2 months ago)
Thanks for goin back millions of years...some people don't do that.
Mike Harnett (2 months 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 (3 months ago)
Did this video really just credit ancient europeans with the birth of music and art?
Mark Bolton (3 months ago)
Scripting was a tad flippant.
Chris getoutflgbrnr (3 months ago)
If we came from apes then wheres evolution now huh??
Chris getoutflgbrnr (3 months ago)
You prolly think we came from apes like a bald azz
Chris getoutflgbrnr (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
or tools to make fire ... beads = boring
bert havermout (3 months ago)
Where did the wheel go ... ?
joseph greetham (3 months ago)
I thought the voice was Bear Grylls lol
Tom Hill (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
OMG THIS VIDEO IS AMAZING
PhotoTrekr (3 months ago)
Love this kind of stuff.
Jay Bingham (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
How the hell do we know they are sex toys
Tragoudistros.MPH (3 months ago)
It's a shame that we can never really know what kinds of biodegradable materials they used and made....
Tragoudistros.MPH (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
This guy isn't even human cuz he says "man and his ancestor" implying he is not human
lee (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Turns out cave men liked big butts as well
Elwookiee07 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
I'm amazed he didnt find the time to add on some adverts for a company that makes sharpened rocks.
Brendon W (3 months ago)
Wow... The missing link maybe?
Canuck Fundy (3 months ago)
I'm no expert, but I believe the first objects were shaft straighteners, not phallus's.
thom Harvey (3 months ago)
LOL! Little more tab apes!!!!LOL!!!
Big Tex (3 months 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. (4 months ago)
Amazing this channel makes millions of dollars making inaccurate 10 min videos! Proof the mass public will believe anything
Josh Mayne (11 days ago)
and yet they are still more accurate ten your comment...

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