Scientists claim they found 13,000-year-old footprints on a remote island in Canada.
Researchers found 29 footprints in clay on Calvert Island in British Columbia, The New York Times reported. The footprints appear to be from two adults and a child. Archaeologist Michael Petraglia believes the age of the prints “suggests an early entrance into the Americas,” according to the report.
Journal PLOS One published the research Wednesday.
Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the age. This discovery might give more clues about how humans came to North America.
The research suggests these footprints were from the end of the last ice age, according to Anthropologist Duncan McLaren from the University of British Columbia and Hakai Institute, he told The New York Times.
“Ultimately, the data seem to show indisputable evidence for human presence along the Pacific Coast of Canada,” Chatham University’s Assistant Professor of Biology Kevin Hatala told Live Science. “This is important because archaeological sites from this time and place have been quite rare,” Hatala added.
Ancient footprints, found by UVic researchers on Calvert Island off B.C.’s central coast, have been confirmed as earliest known in North America — about 13,000 years old https://t.co/1dKbj1qz2y pic.twitter.com/SBZ5A89BGM
— Times Colonist (@timescolonist) March 29, 2018
Oldest human footprints in North America discovered fossilized on Calvert Island, British Columbia https://t.co/3FrtoO2caI
— Ceri Willott (@CeriWillott) March 30, 2018
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