Earliest Human Footprints Outside Africa #evolution #biology #science

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Model of Homo antecessor; Ibeas Museum, Burgos, Spain

This is a very cool find: human footprints more than 800,000 years old were found on a beach at Happisburgh, England.

I must admit, when I saw this headline my mind skipped to the famous English fraud of Piltdown Man in the early 1900s.  “The [footprints] were washed away not long after they were identified” per the BBC, which sounded suspicious.  But for two weeks the discovery was documented in video and 3-D scans, and now the study has been published in the science journal Plos One, so it can be examined by other scientists.

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Fossil of Homo antecessor

The creatures are considered human, but they were not “us”.  Whether their species is an ancestor of modern humans or not is unclear.  But I can relate to a small family, mucking around on an ancient beach, digging for Paleolithic clams.  So much safer than spearing a buffalo.

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