1.5 Million Year Old Footprints Found

1.5 Million year old footprints have been found at the Koobi Fora Field School:

The footprints were discovered in two 1.5 million-year-old sedimentary layers near Ileret in northern Kenya. These rarest of impressions yielded information about soft tissue form and structure not normally accessible in fossilized bones. The Ileret footprints constitute the oldest evidence of an essentially modern human-like foot anatomy.

I will have more to say latter but in the meantime, check out this video.
Update 1: More can be found at A Primate of Modern Aspect, Remote Central, and Pharyngula.

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3 Responses

  1. This would be the second set of footprints at Ileret. But I’m not sure the first set are well known or published. Maybe they found them again!

  2. The Science article is here (subscr. required for more than the abstract).

  3. The foot isn’t very clearly outlined. There doesn’t seem to be any heel, and one of the middle toes seems sort of “melded” into the second toe. Still, it looks more or less like I don’t know how many perfectly ordinary modern human feet I’ve seen. I hope they find other such footprints in other places. . . .I’m presently having a bit of an argument with someone who thinks that, at this late stage, H.erectus/ergaster spent part of their lives in trees.
    Anne G

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