Ice Age Footprints Shed Light on North America's Early Humans

14 August, 2022
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Ice Age Footprints Shed Light on North America's Early Humans

Footprints laid down by Ice Age hunter-gatherers and recently discovered in a US desert are shedding new light on North America's earliest human inhabitants.


Dozens of fossilized prints found in dried-up riverbeds in the western state of Utah reveal more details about how the continent's original occupants lived more than 12,000 years ago -- just as the frozen planet was starting to thaw.


The fossils could have remained unnoticed if not for a chance glance out of a moving car as researchers Daron Duke and Thomas Urban drove through Hill Air Force Base chatting about footprints.


"We were talking about, 'What would they look like?'" Duke told AFP. "And he said, 'Kind of like that out the window.'"


What the men had found turned out to be 88 distinct prints left by a mixture of adults and children.


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