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Oldest Human Footprints in North America Identified
Western Digs ^ | December 09, 2013 | Blake de Pastino

Posted on 12/13/2013 8:22:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv

A hunter-gatherer who trekked through a desert oasis a hundred centuries ago left the continent’s most lasting impression: the oldest known human footprints in North America.

There are only two of them — one left and one right — but the ancient traveler’s path through mineral-rich sediment in the Chihuahuan Desert allowed them to become enshrined in stone, and now dated, some 10,500 years later...

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.

A search for the site in 2006 came up empty, but it did turn up an additional 11 tracks in the general area where the original prints were believed to have been found — a marshy, spring-fed desert refuge known as Cuatro Ciénegas.

“Both sets of prints are ones that have been identified before and are the only reported footprints in the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, but neither have previously been dated,” Felstead said in an interview.

Felstead and his team were able to date the tracks because they were preserved in travertine, a sedimentary rock that contains minute traces of uranium from the waters in which it formed.

Since uranium decays into the element thorium at predictable rates, the scientists were able to measure the ratio of those materials to determine the specimens’ ages.

Their results showed that the pair of tracks discovered in 1961, now housed at Saltillo’s Museo del Desierto, were about 10,550 years old.

The 11 other prints, which remain where they were found in a Cuatro Ciénegas quarry, dated back about 7,250 years,

(Excerpt) Read more at westerndigs.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: chihuahua; chihuahuandesert; creation; earlyman; footprint; footprints; godsgravesglyphs; thorium; travertine; uranium
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These two human prints, originally discovered in 1961, have been dated to be about 10,550 years old. (Photo courtesy Arturo Gonzalez)

Photo courtesy Arturo Gonzalez

1 posted on 12/13/2013 8:22:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv
Maybe they were from a baby bigfoot????

Or Maybe....


2 posted on 12/13/2013 8:23:44 PM PST by GraceG
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

3 posted on 12/13/2013 8:23:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The bones found had skulls that were oval. That meant that European/Caucasian types were here LONG before any Siberian hunter groups...read that as “Indians.” Asians have ROUND heads; Europeans have oval ones.


4 posted on 12/13/2013 8:26:09 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: GraceG

Hahaha, good pic.


5 posted on 12/13/2013 8:26:43 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: SunkenCiv

Were they headed north?


6 posted on 12/13/2013 8:27:33 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

lousy arches


7 posted on 12/13/2013 8:30:37 PM PST by Nifster
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To: SunkenCiv

8 posted on 12/13/2013 8:31:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Wearing adidas I’m sure.


9 posted on 12/13/2013 8:32:04 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I had a Saltillo tile floor in my house when I lived in TX 35 years ago. It had Mexican footprint in it too!


10 posted on 12/13/2013 8:42:26 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv

More illegals crossing the Texas border!!! Started earlier than I thought.


11 posted on 12/13/2013 8:42:27 PM PST by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Beat me. I was going to muse, “which way were they headed?”


12 posted on 12/13/2013 8:51:53 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Always thought there would be four..

Two on tiptoes and two sprinting away..


13 posted on 12/13/2013 9:02:09 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: SunkenCiv
The lesson here: Always cover your tracks....


14 posted on 12/13/2013 9:05:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Alleged 40,000-Year-Old Human Footprints In Mexico Much, Much Older Than Thought
15 posted on 12/13/2013 9:29:04 PM PST by blam
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To: cloudmountain

How would those Europeans have gotten across, do you think?


16 posted on 12/13/2013 9:31:58 PM PST by Nationale7
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How would those Europeans have gotten across, do you think?

Mass transportation, of course. That's the answer to everything, isn't it?

By the way, everyone, Sunday is Double Double Dessert Dessert Day Day. Do your part!

17 posted on 12/13/2013 9:35:04 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Those are my footprints when I was a wee lad.


18 posted on 12/13/2013 9:44:57 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Nationale7; All
How would those Europeans have gotten across, do you think?

why would they have to 'get across'?

The continents were once joined, for one thing.

For another, why is it always assumed that because, for tens of thousands of years no one in Europe knew there WAS a north and south America - ergo, no other people - that, after discovery, any people here had to've come from the old world.

Why?

Why couldn't there have been people on these continents from the beginning also?

man is arrogant.

19 posted on 12/13/2013 10:00:26 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: maine-iac7
The continents were once joined, for one thing.

65 million years ago.

20 posted on 12/13/2013 10:45:56 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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