Oldest Foot Print Outside Africa Found in Britain

Last summer in a village of Happisburgh, Norfolk, rough sea season washed away some portion of the seashore and revealed about 50 foot prints. The researchers then manage to estimate the age of those prints and amazingly they are 800000 to 1 million years old and now the oldest evidence of humans ever found in northern Europe.

Researchers found 50 footprints from a group of five adults and juveniles.

Researchers found 50 footprints from a group of five adults and juveniles.

The previous record of the footprint in Britain is just 7500 years old, therefore this discovery is significant to understand how humans originated and moved across the region.

Researchers believe that, findings at the Norfolk site, is about 5 adults and juveniles walking along the mudflats. Based on the size of the prints, the group was identified as “Homo antecessor”, commonly known as “Pinoneer Man” and they died off some 800000 years ago.

Because the findings at the Norfolk site is at seashore area, most of the evidence are faded away because of erosion.

Source: Discover Magazine

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