The oldest footprints in North America

Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Human footprints found in Mexico in 1961 have now been dated back 10,500 years, making them the oldest footprints in North America.

“To my knowledge the oldest human prints previously reported in North America are around 6,000 years old, so the … prints pre-date these by some 5,000 years,” said Dr. Nicholas Felstead, a geoarchaeologist at Durham University who led a new analysis of the prints.

The tracks were first discovered during highway construction in northeastern Mexico, about 300 kilometers from the Texas border, in 1961. They were excavated and taken to a local museum for study, but their precise location was lost to history.

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