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Default Oldest known footprints of pre-humans identified in Crete

Oldest known footprints of pre-humans identified in Crete

Oct 2021

Footprints left by pre-humans, dating back at least six million years ago has been identified by researchers on the island of Crete.
The discovery was made by an international team led by the University of Tübingen, where researchers found footprints in fossilised beach sediments near the Cretan village of Trachilos in 2017.

In a study published in Scientific Reports, the researchers used geophysical and micropaleontological techniques, now revealing the footprints to be around 6.05 million years of age, also making them the oldest direct evidence of a human-like foot used for walking.

Uwe Kirscher from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tübingen said: “The tracks are almost 2.5 million years older than the tracks attributed to Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy) from Lae-toli in Tanzania.”


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