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Our species, Homo sapiens, have only been around for about as long as a blink of an eye in terms of Earth’s history. It’s believed that the Earth formed over 4.6 billion years ago, and the first humans evolved about 200,000 years ago in Africa. →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: 10 Animal Species That Would Take Over if Humans Died Out https://youtu.be/z4LpBP5pAuQ?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJK_bMEy0hjp9_kB0DUntF- Top 10 Life Forms That Would Survive Nuclear War https://youtu.be/5LsMcXNYjqw?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJK_bMEy0hjp9_kB0DUntF- Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-terrifying-animals-lived-alongside-prehistoric-man.php Coming up: 10. The Columbian Mammoth 9. The Ground Sloth 8. Gigantopithecus 7. The Cave Hyena 6. Smilodon 5. The Dire Wolf 4. The American Lion 3. The Megalania 2. The Short-Faced Bear 1. The Quinkana Source/Further reading: https://www.wired.com/2011/11/inside-the-columbian-mammoth-signs-of-a-woolly-cousin/ http://library.sandiegozoo.org/factsheets/_extinct/mammoth/mammoth.htm http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Columbian_Mammoth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djiPLoisyBE http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/mega-sloth-likely-on-humans-ice-age-menu-1.1143512 https://www.britannica.com/animal/Megatherium http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/sloth.htm http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/29/you-just-missed-the-last-ground-sloths/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160106-science-evolution-apes-giant/ https://www.sciencenews.org/article/disneys-jungle-book-resurrects-giant-extinct-ape http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/c/crocuta-crocuta-spelaea-cave-hyena.html http://www.livescience.com/52589-super-predators-ate-young-mammoths.html http://www.u.arizona.edu/~mstiner/pdf/Stiner2004a.pdf http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150722-lost-beasts-of-the-ice-age http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mammal/carnivora/sabretooth.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Smilodon http://www.livescience.com/1896-saber-toothed-cat-wimpy-bite.html http://www.livescience.com/6683-saber-toothed-cats-wrestled-prey-powerful-arms.html http://www.forbes.com/sites/shaenamontanari/2016/05/04/are-the-dire-wolves-from-game-of-thrones-real-animals/#5dae083ad2f0 https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/laelaps/dire-wolves-were-real/ http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2010/05/08/the_american_lion_is_not_a_lio/ http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2009/05/18/venomous-komodo-dragons-kill-prey-with-wound-and-poison-tactics/ https://www.wired.com/2010/02/the-fearsome-short-faced-bear-gets-a-makeover/ http://www.abc.net.au/science/ausbeasts/factfiles/quinkana.htm
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TopTenz (2 months ago)
Hello everyone! We've been experimenting with a bit of a podcast for our Biographics channel (a few people were asking for audio versions so they can get Biographics while doing other things)! Fair warning: none of these are new biographies, but rather me having a bit more of a free form chat around the script. I'd love to know what you think, if these are useful, wanted etc :). Thanks, Simon. Links: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/biographics-history-one-life-at-a-time/id1450405839?mt=2 Sitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/biographics-history-one-life-at-a-time Website: http://biographics.blubrry.net/ RSS: http://biographics.blubrry.net/feed/podcast/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6N9PS4QXF1D0OWPk0Sxtb4 Trolled people: https://open.spotify.com/show/0JzjzwJcRqFZ3BcACtahh8?si=MG5HSm1oT0GTNm_r8_HQcg
Kayleigh Furia (5 days ago)
+Shannon Webb I'm 28 and thoroughly enjoy his biographics. He does speak a little bit fast but I've been told there is a way to slow down the videos on YouTube
Jonathan Melbye (25 days ago)
Venomous not poisonous
Sondra Weigand (2 months ago)
TopTenz I’m 56 & have no prob listening, hearing all information. Maybe because I watch enough British tv....
Jeremy Ames (3 hours ago)
Where’s the cave bear :p
Surfer Rosa (1 day ago)
Nowadays one goes to the forest and jungle and there's hardly anything to eat. Back then it was BBQ paradise 🍖🍗🍤🍘🦏🐮🐂🐃🐄🐷🐖🐗🐏🐑🦌🐎🦍
CC (1 day ago)
6:52 wtf man lions scientific name its Panthera leo isn't he supposedly related to panthers too? what u said doesn't make sense
Cosmiclight (2 days ago)
There's no such animal as "Panther". The genus "Panthera" includes big cats like lions, leopards, tigers e.t.c.
Laz Onya (2 days ago)
I grew up in this one place, the wilderness, right. We had, Bears, Mountain Lions, Coyotes, the Wolverines, there were Wolves too, in rare form, their howling sang me to sleep. All of this about and it was a Democrat Cow Moose that run me for my life up a tree for no reason at all that I could imagine, until I saw her gangly and awkward daughters. The point is I have NEVER felt surrounded by Dangerous Animals, until I had to fall in with you lot, back here in the allegedly civilized world.
Komodo dragons are venomous...not poisonous. =)
Sophie Williams (3 days ago)
Australia - scaring the tourists for 50,000 years.
spacecadet28 (4 days ago)
lol, an animal lives for millions of years and then suddenly dies. Of course it's the changing environment and not human and human ancestors. Large and slow will fail against humans and even predecessors of humans.
Nat Wolins (4 days ago)
Human are death on two legs. Did you notice how many of these animals became extincts soon after humans showed up.
Dusty151 (4 days ago)
So what happened to the cars and factories that caused the climate to change and some of the creatures to die out?
Humans could never beat such powerful creatures, only nature could force them to extinction.
... but what about the dragons...
Leap Of faith (3 days ago)
Archers can defeat them
David Atch (4 days ago)
Modern day alligators can grow up to 15 feet, but most only have 4
jeffrey a (4 days ago)
Lions, Tigers and Bears...Oh my!!!!
linlin lixin (4 days ago)
Did he say that the dyre wolfs were found in north and south america, appeared about a quarter of a million years ago and they ate mostly horses???? I thought horses didn't exist in the Americas until the arrival of the Europeans.
Druin Heal (3 days ago)
linlin lixin Horses originated in North America, migrated via Beringia to Asia/Europe, then went extinct in North America, only to be reintroduced a few thousand years later by Europeans. Camels originated in North America too.
Phil D (5 days ago)
It’s insane how scientists can put together all of this data when I can’t even recover all of my DVDs.
michael norwood (5 days ago)
You forgot about the Haas Eagle 🦅
akeleven (5 days ago)
Terrible, misleading illustrations
João Oliveira (5 days ago)
I dont understand how you can say that the american lion is more closely related to pantheras by their scientific name than with actual lions.... Actual lions scientific name is PANTHERA leo 🤦‍♂️
Daniel Rosamonda (2 days ago)
We would ALL be better off if you anchor babies would climb that fence back into mexico and live in your mud hut lime your supposed to
Druin Heal (3 days ago)
João Oliveira Right?? And there isn’t actually such a thing as a “panther.” This term refers to color variants (usually melanistic) in leopards and jaguars, or the puma/cougar, particularly the Florida panther. All of these have more specific and appropriate names.
Mark Burgess (5 days ago)
Interesting as fook!👍
Breandan Kedrowski (5 days ago)
Recent research points out that the American Lion is in fact, a lion
An Drei (5 days ago)
1K creationists disliked this video.
remy ken (6 days ago)
can you americunts stop using feets and use meters instead?
Cody Hess (6 days ago)
Komodo dragons are not poisonous, their mouth are full of bacteria. You get gang green from a bite
druwk (6 days ago)
Common thread, habit, competition or food supply for humans = extinction. “...they died off around 11,000 years ago.” Sophisticated stone tools make Human the scariest animals by far! We are vicious little apes!
Devon Jenkins (7 days ago)
It's funny I'm looking for prehistoric animals from Africa I can't even find a list... I mean c'mon that's B's
Scott Prueter (8 days ago)
Bullock's on the gigantopithecus claim. We have never found more than some teeth and parts of the jawbone. We have no idea what this thing looked like.
Keifer Alford (9 days ago)
Check out the stats of the huge Xenosmilus Hodsonae..the "Sabretooth cat with the shark bite with robust teeth and "cookie cutter" bite. It was robust and huge and often forgotten
Richard Patton (9 days ago)
Lion is also a panthera...
Richard Patton (9 days ago)
Lion is also a panthera...
Arne Sahlen (10 days ago)
See poisonous/venomous below (can't find my response.) Komodo bite is poisonous, not venomous; TopTenz is right. Bacteria-filled bites infect prey quickly, causing collapse and death. There's no injected venom as with snakes.
Urnusse Lemage (12 days ago)
Not poisonous! Venomous! Please! Please...! Nice vid, though. But please, we have to stop teaching about "poisonous" bites!
Arne Sahlen (10 days ago)
Not venomous! Poisonous! TopTenz is right. Bacteria-filled mouths, not a true venom as in snakes. The virulent bacteria infect a bitten animal quickly and it soon slows and collapses.
Lisa Kazmier (12 days ago)
Makes ya wonder how they all died out since they seem so ferocious.
Richard Blankenship (13 days ago)
When man got his hands on projectile weapons we became the baddest boys that ever walked on the planet. All them badass predators? We et em.
Chris Zablocki (14 days ago)
YOU'RE terrifying.
Kelly Higgins (15 days ago)
As far as "horrific" animals go, and since we are all animals, I have to say that Homo erectus was probably a terribly horrific animal for Homo neanderthalis and Homo Sapiens to coexist with. They were smart, in their own way, probably had some communication skills, had tools, were very powerful but they lacked ours and neanderthal's higher thinking skills. They would raid your camp, steal your food and women and quite possibly eat you. They were not just a different culture of humans from "the wrong side of the tracks", they were diverse, extremely well distributed geographically, well established and would have seen us as dinner. Ultimately we did out-compete and survive past them but they had the longest reign of any homo genus and when we first encountered them, we were the weak newcomers and they were a well-established apex predator. Through most of human history there have actually been several species of the Homo genus around at the same time and the encounters between these groups could have been genuinely horrific.
Garrison Gamble (15 days ago)
Most terrifying animals we have today are known by the scientific name as “Non-Vaxers” if you see one, do not approach. Let natural selection take care of their kind.
Zephyr López Cervilla (15 days ago)
6:55 Dude, the closest living relative of _Panthera atrox_ is _Panthera leo,_ guess what, the African lion: researchgate. net/publication/322895085
Reginald Scot (17 days ago)
Notice how climate change killed off many of them... must have been all the factory's and cars people had back then?
morgar88 (18 days ago)
Panthera is a genus. It includes lions. "Panthers" are melanistic leopards or jaguars (also members of Panthera along with tigers and lions). Panther, however, isn't a species.
Frank Fedison (18 days ago)
Sooo....Gigantopithecus died off due to...climate change? Strange that we haven't found any of their evil fossilized cars.
Patricia Roysdon (18 days ago)
Laughing coyote? Whoops!
llama bamma (18 days ago)
I love all the ' living with dinosaurs' clips. Yas old discovery channel 😂
Ram Jam (21 days ago)
The Terror bird would have been scary lol. Good thing they were gone.
Z Davis (23 days ago)
Wouldn't fancy eating sloth! Maybe quite tender though?
Gary York (23 days ago)
most people now wouldn't make it very long if we got knocked into another stone age.people now especially the millennials couldn't skin a rabbit or clean a fish let alone hunt their own food. they'd be weeded out of the gene pool real fast with no cell phones or video games to play with.
Barbara Vick (24 days ago)
We are always so upset at extinctions, but this points out that it's really a very natural thing, in most cases.
jussayin mipeece (28 days ago)
so the prevailing theme is "they died out shortly AFTER humans arrived..." HMMMM.
Barbara Vick (24 days ago)
jussayin mipeece Just say thank you Grandpa and go on.
Zero to Awesome (30 days ago)
What’s up with all these poor bears getting killed?
Ulrich Rudhardt (1 month ago)
You are terribel, just a nerrator like a parot.
Derek Matzek (1 month ago)
Stuff like this always makes me wonder how in the hell puny humans were the ones to conquer the wilderness
MathPhile (1 month ago)
I like this guys presentations....very well delivered. I can retain almost all of it.
Edward Allen (1 month ago)
How would he know the saber tooth waited for there prey then attacked sounds like a made up fact
John Davis (1 month ago)
It is interesting that Gigantopithicus are depicted in Italian Renaissance wood carving from around the 12th Century and there was a report that 100 year old bones were found in China. The Native Americans believe Sasquatch are hybrids of modern humans and what they called old giants of the woods. Perhaps they survived in the US because the forests were not leveled in the ice age like they were in China where they became flat plains full of grass. They ate fruit and some tree leaves and couldn’t adapt to grass.
Frank Pichardo (1 month ago)
There’s a Metro station in Mexico City called “Talismán”, there’s a space where they show either the bones or fossilized remains of a mammoth. The station icon is a mammoth. 😉
n?a (1 month ago)
I hate how this chanel is half truths. Never a complete researched topics
Donald Johnson (1 month ago)
Oof Machine (1 month ago)
Hey v-sauce *Michael here..*
Aaron (1 month ago)
Climate changes* not weather changes. Great video though!
Angg Voagg (1 month ago)
10:00:00 fuk that thing crocks that are in the water and don’t run down animals food is scarey enough!!
Maestro Films (1 month ago)
But, lions ARE panthers. So the American lion wasn't really a misnomer.
Link Of Hyrule (1 month ago)
The Redguard are mighty
Z ed (1 month ago)
What if The Megalania vs The Quinkana EPIC Reptiles battle ever !!
HiImBrianna (1 month ago)
wow and i’m scared to kill a cockroach
wuzie wuzie (1 month ago)
Carlos Sanchez (1 month ago)
People don't forget one terrifying creature that still lives among us.... Trump!
Flyin High (1 month ago)
He is not a bad president. Why hate him?
Carlos Sanchez (1 month ago)
+Flyin High No Politics just Hate Trump
Flyin High (1 month ago)
Carlos Vera-Sanchez Wow. People just gotta bring politics into everything.
Hjeshed (1 month ago)
You cant say te american lion was more panther than a lion, because panthers arent real animals, panthera is the nake of the family of the big cats including lions tigers jaguars snow leopards and leopards. Get your facts right
Sarah S (1 month ago)
The thumbnail! LOL! 😆
AzeriBeasT /// (1 month ago)
Humans are the main purpose of “creation” right? It took more than 4 billion years for human to show up and never mind about the 99.8% living animals and creatures go extinct for no reason.
Johnathan Walsh (1 month ago)
Venom vs poison, common guys
Sergio Lopez (1 month ago)
Venomous. Not poisonous
RS S (1 month ago)
Gigantopithecus died out 100K years ago. King Louie in "The Jungle Book" is a Giganto...um...never mind...
Jon (1 month ago)
Cave Hyenas looks like drunk uncles
BeardOh Rob (1 month ago)
You remind me a lot of Simon Miller from what culture
Evan Huang (1 month ago)
British vsauce??? What is going on, I think the alternative universes are combining
Ayden M (1 month ago)
Most horrific thing of all is that Simon has no hair line
Retz (1 month ago)
Common theme is them going extinct after humans arrive :( I wonder what the planet would be like now if humans never evolved
Ted Mosby (1 month ago)
Holy crapoli that’s a big fricken ravioli
D Max (1 month ago)
Im surprised Thylacoleo Carnifex wasnt on there (marsupial lion) or diprotodon (rhino sized wombat)
Niall (1 month ago)
Words like ‘probably’ and ‘more then likely’ discredits anything you say when ‘assuming’ how far back something is traced.
demigodzilla (23 hours ago)
+Niall No, honesty and intellectual humility don't discredit you; just the opposite is true.
Shnack_tHe_ Kid (1 month ago)
He look like the bad guy from cloudy and a chance of meatballs 2 😂
Jon Vester (1 month ago)
1 thousand people are religious
Kyle (1 month ago)
If these animals existed we would be allowed creative mode
LordOfThe Flightless (1 month ago)
And they all died of climate change, probably really rapid due to commets hitting the North American and European ice sheets, after living with humans for thousands, of not hundreds of thousands of years. Humans may have greatly affected the populations of animals from the Americas, when many Asian/European crossed over land bridges. But most north American and definitely European megafauna would have lived along side humans in a balanced ecosystem, as seen with Natvie Americans and many other tribal societies. For instance humans would have only taken a few mammoths a year most likely, and avoided confrontation with big cats, like caves lions (which they lived along side for thousands of years) and likely scavenged alot of their kills. We know Neanderthals hunted mammoths and know how humans did, it. They would never kill the entire herd, knowing this unsustainable (like how Native Americans would only kill the necessary numbers of bison). Their strategies would target one or 2 individuals, because of the cold, decomposer lacking climate meat could be easily preserved, they also likely smoked meats.
Kyle (1 month ago)
If these animals existed we would be allowed to go in creative mode
Kyle (1 month ago)
If these animals existed we would be allowed to go in creative mode
Kyle (1 month ago)
Who would win? A animal taking over a millennial evolving OR some cave boi
Abraham Avendano (1 month ago)
Haha Usain bolt would be dinner 😂
Komodo dragons don’t have Posen glands, they have bacteria in their saliva u noob
die a lot (1 month ago)
The most modern day scariest creature is gay nigga
Howitzer 0 (1 month ago)
Even in prehistoric eras, Australia was still on top for having creatures that’ll kill you around every corner in very creative ways.
Matthew Music (1 month ago)
I read anti males that lived with prehistoric males.
Some Guy (1 month ago)
Isn’t it crazy that the Earth is like 4.3 billion years old and you were able to be alive when LEGO Star Wars the complete saga was available
Last one is basically a dinossour.
Aleksandar Kostov (1 month ago)
Another Vsauce channel huh?
Stephen 1982 (1 month ago)
You said American lions were more closely related to "panthers" than lions. A panther is a melanistic (black) cat. There is no species referred to as panther. Did you mean puma?
Fortnite deft (1 month ago)
Prehistoric teenagers: fighting packs of hyenas for cave space and survival Teenagers now: I’m offended
Kyle (1 month ago)
Fortnite deft bruh I’m fourteen and this is deep
henkebengke (1 month ago)
We live with nuclear weapons
Austin (1 month ago)
I'm glad that the ice age killed them off
HaveyyBabeyy (1 month ago)
Idk why I'm here...but ok. I guess this is what I'm watching now. Thanks YT algorithm.

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