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10,000 BC (2008) Poster

(2008)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (7) | Character error (1) | Continuity (1) | Errors in geography (3) | Factual errors (2) | Revealing mistakes (3)

Anachronisms 

In several shots, the stars in the night sky show modern constellations. Due to astronomical movement, the constellations were very different 12,000 years ago.
The female lead has blue eyes. The genetic mutation for blue eyes occurred 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, outside the film's time frame.
Chili peppers and corn are from the Americans. They weren't grown in the "Old World" until after 1500.
The scene with the ships shows the confinement cages made of iron, but the Iron Age did not start until approx 1200 BC, 8800 yrs after 10,000 BC.
(at around 50 mins) The leader of the African tribe tells D'Leh how his family was taken away. When he calls out to his tribesman, a silver filling is clearly visible in his mouth.
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The earliest Egyptian pyramid was erected circa 2630 BC. The film doesn't show the Giza pyramids as completed, which may be an effort to satisfy both those who believe the Giza pyramids are relatively recent, and those who believe they are substantially older.
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During the terror bird attack, we see men riding horses. The earliest evidence of the domestication of horses dates back to 3,500 BC - some 6,500 years after the time setting of the movie.
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Character error 

Characters refer to the mammoth herd's "lead bull." Like modern elephants, mammoths were headed by a matriarchal female, a lead cow. Bulls never led the herd.

Continuity 

When D'leh talks to the Egyptian "god", he walks up within arms length of the Egyptian army. In the next shot, he is several paces back.
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Errors in geography 

The terror birds that attacked in the forest lived in South America, not Europe, Asia, or Africa. They also died out at least one million years ago.
The mammoth hunters appear to live in Northern Europe, yet they cross the Sahara to get to the Nile. Plus, there is no evidence of woolly mammoths in Africa.
The tropical forest is too close to the snowy mountains, with no transition between them.

Factual errors 

Several scenes show mammoths galloping. Mammoths were closely related to modern elephants, and couldn't gallop because of their physiology. At best, they could move at a fast trot, like elephants do. They were also never domesticated as pack animals.
The film features Smilodon, a genus of sabre-toothed cat that only ever lived in the Americas.

Revealing mistakes 

The tribes sleep barely clothed in the desert during the night. Temperature differences in the desert vary enormously between day and night because the heat cannot be held in.
A boat sails north on the Nile with its sails up. To truly go north, sails would have to be down to avoid the prevailing wind and to let the current move the boat northward.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) In the final scene, the water in the background does not move.
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