Ice Age footprints from the Willandra Lakes, Australia

I’ve harvested a photo of a 20,000 year-old footprint from the appendix of a report linked up by Nature’s Newsblog. Ice Age footprint from the Willandra LakesThis footprint is one of many tracks left by humans in the Willandra Lakes region of Australia… there are actually over 700 of them!

From the Nature News blog,

Steve Webb of Bond University presented here some findings about the Ice Age footprints in the Willandra Lakes area of southeastern Australia. This is a World Heritage site with the biggest collection of fossil footprints — more than 700 of them! — anywhere in the world. They show aboriginal children, teenagers, and adults walking around in what was once a wetland swamp but now is a dried-up lakebed.

Some sets of trackways appear to be converging, as if people were running toward the same point – could it have been a race? In another spot, Webb and his colleagues spent a long time pondering a strange mark which involved a footprint and another sort of hole-like depression. Their conclusion: A one-legged person was helping himself or herself along with a stick.

See some of the pictures of this vanished world in the appendix of the paper available online here.”

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