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An ancient footprint from Ileret, Kenya: one of several sets showing evidence of Homo erectus males travelling in groups.

An ancient footprint from Ileret, Kenya: one of several sets showing evidence of Homo erectus males travelling in groups.

In the late 2000s, 22 footprints were found near Ileret, Kenya. These prints are beleive to be 1.5 million years old. The study documenting this find focused on the anatomy of these footprints; Homo erectus who ambulated much like modern humans. Neil Roach, from the AMNH, returned to Ileret and have found more footprints — about 100. The findings were presented at this week’s annual meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society in San Francisco. These prints represent multiple individuals walking in one direction along a lakeside, possibly hunting for antelope or wildebeest. Curtis Marean, from ASU, questions this presumption,

Who knows what they’re doing there. It could be a group hunt, but it could also be lakeshore foraging. It’s a completely novel piece of data. I think it’s a really interesting way to get an angle on what communities were doing in the past.

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