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Footprint in Chile is oldest in the Americas

By T.K. Randall
April 29, 2019 · Comment icon 3 comments



Chile is home to a rich array of fossils. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 XTSY
Scientists have discovered an ancient footprint in Chile that is thought to date back around 15,600 years.
Unearthed at the Pilauco excavation in the city of Osorno, the footprint is now believed to be the earliest known evidence of mankind's presence in the Americas.

It was first spotted in 2011 by archaeologists from the Austral University of Chile and it has taken an extensive research effort spanning several years to confirm its significance.
"There are other human footprints in the Americas but none has been dated as far back," geologist Mario Pino told the Osorno newspaper El Austral.

The individual who left the footprint was male, weighed around 155 pounds and belonged to the species Hominipes modernus - a relative of modern humans.



Source: Phys.org | Comments (3)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Harte 4 years ago
The reporter has confused the (controversial) classification of a trace fossil for the taxonomy of some supposed "human relative" ( Hominipes modernus ) The classification given is not the name of a species. It's the classification for a footprint left by Homo Sapiens. Human beings left these prints 15-16 KYA. Harte
Comment icon #2 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
So you don't think it came from Homo Moccasinus†?†
Comment icon #3 Posted by Harte 4 years ago
For the curious, I provide a sample from Homo Moccasinus: Harte


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