It seems James Gurney, author of Dinotopia*, may have been closer to the truth with his work of fiction than anyone realized. Scientists recently discovered human-style footprints in Crete. According to tests, the tracks are 57 million years old – meaning the person or creature that made them was a contemporary of the dinosaurs.
According to researchers, the prints are certainly humanoid and do not belong to apes. For the moment, the only thing that can be said about these footprints is that they raise more questions than they answer. More to the point, they also suggest many, many stories… 😉
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5.7 Million-year-old Human Footprints Fossil May Challenge History of Human Evolution
Earth History, evolution 7:42 PM
Newly discovered human-like footprints from Crete may put the established narrative of early human evolution to the test. The footprints are approximately 5.7 million years old and were made at a time when previous research puts our ancestors in Africa – with ape-like feet.
Ever since the discovery of fossils of Australopithecus in South and East Africa during the middle years of the 20th century, the origin of the human lineage has been thought to lie in Africa. More recent fossil discoveries in the same region, including the iconic 3.7 million year old Laetoli footprints from Tanzania which show human-like feet and upright locomotion, have cemented the idea that hominins (early members of the human lineage) not only originated in Africa but remained isolated there for several million years before dispersing to Europe and Asia.
The discovery of approximately 5.7 million year old human-like footprints from Crete, published online this week by an international team of researchers, overthrows this simple picture and suggests a more complex reality.
Human feet have a very distinctive shape, different from all other land animals. The combination of a long sole, five short forward-pointing toes without claws, and a hallux (“big toe”) that is larger than the other toes, is unique. The feet of our closest relatives, the great apes, look more like a human hand with a thumb-like hallux that sticks out to the side.
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