Oldest footprints outside of Africa discovered in England

Exciting stuff! A team of scientists from the Queen Mary University of London, have discovered 800,000 year old footprints in the Happisburgh region of Norfolk along the English coast.

623x413xBritain-Early-Humans.jpg.pagespeed.ic.o_NMBgknwiThe prints were made in the early Pleistocene by a group of up to five hominins both adult and children. The team had to work quickly as the tide would have washed and eroded away the footprints within two weeks of uncovering them. Once the team had wiped away the silt and sand, they began to see the remnants of lost prints.

Using photogrammetry, a digital method that stitches together photographs to create a 3D picture, the researchers were able to see toe and heel prints in the silt. They believe the prints were made by a group of prehistoric hominins who may have been part of a migration. During this time, the landscape would have been vastly different, with mammoths, deer, bison and rhino that lived there. Back then the Britain was linked to the rest of Europe, making this possible migration in key in restoring man’s travels outside of Africa.

The other oldest footprints were found in Laetoli, Tanzania dating back 3.5 million years, and Koobi Fora in Kenya some 1.5 million years ago. Making these prints the oldest yet discovered beyond Africa.

You can read an in-depth report of the findings here

Source: The Archaeology News Network: 800,000 year old footprint discovered in the UK


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