View Full Version : Ancient Human Footprints Uncovered in Australia

Friday, July 28th, 2006, 06:40 AM

About 20,000 years ago, humans trekked along the margins of a shallow lake in Australia, leaving behind records of their passage in the soft, wet sand.

In 2003, an aboriginal woman who is likely a descendant of those early Australians stumbled across dozens of timeworn footprints in the same area. Excavations of the site have since uncovered hundreds more.

The discovery, detailed in a recent issue of the Journal of Human Evolution, represents the largest collection of Pleistocene human footprints in the world, and the only footprints from that era ever found in Australia. In total, 457 footprints have now been uncovered.

"The preservation is just remarkable," said study team member Matthew Cupper of the University of Melbourne in Australia. "You can see quite clearly how mud oozes between the toes."

Read the full article here (http://www.livescience.com/history/060726_pleistocene_footprints.html)

Gorm the Old
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 05:51 PM
Hmm, 457 footprints ? How did "Hopalong Aborigine" get about ?