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Ancient footprints found in New Mexico are the oldest proof of humans in North America


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Ancient footprints found in New Mexico are the oldest proof of humans in North America

Based on the size of the footprints, researchers believe that at least some were made by children and teenagers who lived during the last ice age

Sept. 24 2021

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Fossilized human fossilized footprints at the White Sands National Park in New Mexico.

NPS via AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.

The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey recently analyzed seeds stuck in the footprints to determine their approximate age, ranging from around 22,800 and 21,130 years ago.

The findings may shed light on a mystery that has long intrigued scientists: When did people first arrive in the Americas, after dispersing from Africa and Asia?

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