A trail of 13 fossilized footprints which were made by "hunter gatherers" and that are possibly as old as 10,000 and 15,000 years old were found in
Mexico's Coahuila valley of Cuatro Cienegas, (about 190 miles from Eagle Pass, Texas).
The Cuatro Cienegas footprints were discovered in May embedded in a white rock called travertine, it said in the news release.
Each footprint is 10 inches (27 cm) long and under an inch (2 cm) deep. They spread over a distance of 30 feet (10 meters).
It is likely they were imprinted in mud and preserved by some rapid change in the environment, said Arturo Gonzalez, director of the Desert Museum, in
the Coahuila state capital of Saltillo.
“There must have been a natural phenomenon to rapidly cover them so they were not rubbed out and were perfectly preserved,'' Gonzalez said.
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I find this quite thrilling as before this discovery the oldest discovered footprints (in the Western hemisphere) are in Chile and believed to be
13,000 years old. So these may pre-date the Chilean footprints. Of course the oldest footprints were the African foot marks in Tanzania believed to be
3.5 million years old.
Hmmm, Rapid change in the environment. Vely intalesting.... Do you think they had SUV's back then or Nukes maybe?
But seriously, this is a great find, it always puts things in better perspective for me when they find human traces from thousands of years
ago. Reminds me how short life is and too enjoy it to the full!
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