(TheRedWire.com) – Our planet is full of amazing secrets. For years, scientists struggled to uncover the mystery of when people first arrived in North America from Asia and Africa. Most scientists believe that people came to the continent through a now-submerged land bridge between Asia and Alaska. Contemporary belief is that humans arrived in the Americas from 13,000 to 26,000 years ago. Now, there may be some solid proof of that assumption.
Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago. The footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park. https://t.co/stkcm9uz4J
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 23, 2021
In 2009, researchers discovered human footprints in a former lake bed in White Sands National Park. Seeds found under the impressions determined the age of the footsteps to be between 22,800 and 21,130 years old. Scientists say this discovery is more important than ancient artifacts. They are less disputable, and it’s an obvious and direct indication of a human presence.
Researchers said the footprints included those of children and teenagers. The lake bed is made of fine silt and clay and is extremely delicate. Researchers said the only way to preserve them is to take photographs and create 3D models. Other discoveries in the national park from the ice age include tracks of a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth, and other extinct animals.
Earth is full of hidden gems from our past. Who knows what other finds researchers may discover.
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