The Surprising Evolution Of Money, In Just Five Minutes (VIDEO)

Today we know money as coins, bills, and credit cards. But it wasn’t always this way.

Over the centuries, money took many bizarre forms–from sea shells to cakes of salt to even giant stone discs, which date back some several hundred years on the island of Yap.

Makes you wonder: What exactly makes something money? What was money like in ancient times, and how did it evolve? As we enter a new digital age, where is it headed?

For the surprising answers to these and other fascinating questions, check out the video above (transcript below), made in a partnership between the Big History Project and HuffPost Science.

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments. Talk nerdy to me!


You see it everyday. You use it all the time. But have you ever wondered, what is money? Where did money come from and where’s it headed? How did humans evolve from hunter-gatherers to buyers and sellers? Well, you’re about to find out. Let’s take a trip back in time.

Hey everyone. Jacqueline Howard here. It’s around 12,000 years ago and we don’t have money quite yet. —> Read More Here


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