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Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk

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Posted in Science on 8th Feb, 2014 12:52 AM by AlexMuller

Scientists have discovered the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, on the Norfolk Coast in the East of England. The footprints are more than 800,000 years old and were found on the shores of Happisburgh. They are direct evidence of the earliest known humans in northern Europe.

 
Details of the extraordinary markings have been published in the science journal Plos One. The footprints have been described as "one of the most important discoveries, if not the most important discovery that has been made on [Britain's] shores," by Dr Nick Ashton of the British Museum.
 
"It will rewrite our understanding of the early human occupation of Britain and indeed of Europe," he told BBC News.
 
The markings were first indentified in May last year during a low tide. Rough seas had eroded the sandy beach to reveal a series of elongated hollows.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-08
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This is fascinating! Such a small observation builds into a very significant find and has a huge impact on our understanding of early humans Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-08
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It is amazing how much they could find out just from footprints alone. First, it was possible to confirm that the hollows were indeed human footprints and to even suggest that they are possibly of five people, one adult male and some children.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-08
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Yes, this gives a picture of the past - a family group moving together across the landscape Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-08
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There is more that needs to be established and this is going to be very difficult without any fossil remains that usually help enormously when DNA can also be analysed
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-08
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Finding about evolution is not only about the past. This can help understand how we can change some part of our cells to be more adaptable and restore some lost advantages Reply
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