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Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa 120

Posted by timothy
from the before-the-invention-of-wellingtons dept.
schwit1 writes "They were a British family on a day out — almost a million years ago. Archaeologists announced Friday that they have discovered human footprints in England that are between 800,000 and 1 million years old — the most ancient found outside Africa, and the earliest evidence of human life in northern Europe. A team from the British Museum, London's Natural History Museum and Queen Mary college at the University of London uncovered imprints from up to five individuals in ancient estuary mud at Happisburgh on the country's eastern coast."
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Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa

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  • old news (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @12:30PM (#46203013)

    old news... It was everywhere Thursday. Salshdot is really pathetic now, even the non beta page...

  • Re:old news (Score:4, Informative)

    by Koen Lefever (2543028) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @12:48PM (#46203129)

    old news... It was everywhere Thursday. Salshdot is really pathetic now, even the non beta page...

    It doesn't matter if it is old news, it doesn't matter if it is a dupe, it doesn't matter if the linked article is lame, it doesn't matter that some posters are trolls or shills.

    What does matter is: is there an intelligent/insightful discussion by the community? I learned a lot over the past 16 years by reading comments here.

    Unfortunately, that does not seem to matter to Dice, who wants /. to be a "B2B social network". If the Beta (which has the comments section as an afterthought, in stead of as the starting point of the redesign) goes live and Classic gets disabled, it will only be "Slashdot" in name.

  • by Geeky (90998) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @01:17PM (#46203307)

    There was a land bridge at the time - in fact until quite recently [wikipedia.org].

  • by Sique (173459) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @01:36PM (#46203411) Homepage
    And why is it called Homo heidelbergensis? Heidelberg (for Americans: Heidelburg) is neither in Africa nor in Spain. (Yes, the first remainings of H. heidelbergensis were found on a graveyard(!) in Heidelberg, Germany).
  • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @01:53PM (#46203531) Homepage

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  • Re:Shennanigans? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 09, 2014 @11:32PM (#46207397)

    PhD archaeologist here.

    It's incredibly common for formerly stable artifacts removed from a state of archaeo-geological stasis to rapidly degrade once exposed to a completely new set of formation factors. These can include air, light, water, or mechanical action.

    I myself have seen Roman Fresco fragments fade from a state of brilliant color to near colorlessness in less than 20 seconds when exposed to air by excavation. Similarly, these footprints were protected from air, light, and most importantly hydrological action by a relatively hard and impermeable layer of overburden. As soon as that was removed, the friable substrate the footprints were in was rapidly washed away.

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