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Possibility the oldest human footprints found - 345,000 years old

Well technically its official that the oldest human footprints ever found are 345,000 years old, however as the last paragraph notes the dating system can have errors. Still interesting though.

Known as the "devils' trails", they have been preserved in volcanic ash atop the Roccamonfina volcano in Italy.

The prints were first described to the world by Paolo Mietto and colleagues of the University of Padova in Italy in 2003 after amateur archaeologists pointed them out.

Now, Stéphane Scaillet and colleagues at the Laboratory of Climatic and Environmental Sciences, France, have used argon dating techniques to verify the prints' age.
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Their more rigorous methods confirm that these are the oldest human footprints ever found. The new findings also confirm that the owners of the footprints were Homo heidelbergensis.


Mietto is setting off next week to excavate a second site, some 3 kilometres away. Early visits have convinced him that there are more human footprints, and he says it is highly likely that they are the same age.

The excavations should help reveal a trail that was used by early humans.

Mietto says that based on their stride, the people responsible were walking, not running. What's more, the prints are in both directions: leading to the volcano and away from it. Their owners were therefore not running away from a volcanic eruption and the prints must have been left some time after the event.

Dating experiments have not always confirmed suspicions. In 2003, a team discovered 40,000 year old footprints preserved in volcanic ash in southern Mexico. But when a separate group dated the Mexican prints using the argon technique used by Scaillet, they found that they were 1.3 million years old!

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By netchicken: posted on 18-10-2008

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Dating experiments have not always confirmed suspicions. In 2003, a team discovered 40,000 year old footprints preserved in volcanic ash in southern Mexico. But when a separate group dated the Mexican prints using the argon technique used by Scaillet, they found that they were 1.3 million years old.
Since this was before modern humans evolved in Africa – the team concluded that they couldn't be human footsteps after all



What, just because the argon dating technique dated it older makes it ok to say it was not human footprints,
why then did they believe otherwise to begin with.
Is there only scientific method was to say that the holes in the ground looked like human footprints.

If so then those footprints in the picture above just look like holes that kind of look like footprints,
In that they can’t say they actually are and change their opinion when it doesn’t suite them in
Another similar matter or can they, It all just doesn’t sound scientific to me.
By Shan: posted on 18-10-2008








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