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Archaeology News: Mysterious Footprints Discovered In Tanzania Were Left By Early Humans Not Bears Says Study

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  • Traces of 37 million years old found in Tanzania have been identified
  • Now it has been revealed that these are not the footprints of ancient bears but of humans.
  • Fossils with big thumb and giant heel were found in the year 1976

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Traces of 37 million years old found in Tanzania have been identified. Until now it was believed that these are the footprints of a bear. However, it has now been revealed that these are not the footprints of ancient bears but of humans. According to the latest research, fossils with big thumb and giant heel marks were found in Tanzania in the year 1976. Their identity may be the ancestors of humans with unknown two-legged creatures.

The way of walking of the ancestors of these humans was very strange. Research has said that such a two-legged species used to walk 37 million years ago. Such distinct footprints have been found at the nearby Laitoli site. This footprint was considered the most convincing evidence of a human-like creature walking on two legs. Researchers believe it may be Australopithecus afarensis, one of the earliest human species.
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Discovery of 5 footprints one after the other at Laitoli site
This species, similar to humans, is the best example of the longest-living and early human ancestor. It is not yet clear which species of early human is responsible for the traces found in 1976, but they have revealed that it was a strange creature with two legs. Researchers said that the footprints are made in such a way that this creature would have been placing each foot before the midline of the body to touch the front of the other foot.

Alison McNutt, the lead researcher and assistant professor at Ohio University, said these footprints may have been made when this ancestor of humans was passing through a land that was not flat. In the year 1978, 5 footprints were discovered one after the other at the Laitoli site. In 2019, McNutt and his team re-examined these footprints and compared them with the footprints of bears and chimpanzees.

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