Ancient footprints found in USA suggests bombshell new theory of early Americans

Ancient footprints in the US have been found to date back to 23,000 years ago, a new study has revealed.

Scientists have been looking at the preserved footprints at White Sands National Park in New Mexico and discovered they go back to the Ice Age.

If the new results hold up, it could bring new scientific debate over when humans first arrived in the Americas.

It was believed humans entered America after the melting of the North American ice sheets due to it opening up migration routes.

However, the footprints reveal a much earlier migration of humans into the Americas.

Professor Vance Holliday of the University of Arizona said: “There has been a lot of debate over many years about the first peopling of the Americas with several early sites identified.

"Few archaeologists see reliable evidence for sites older than about 16,000 years. The White Sands tracks provide a much earlier date.”

The footprints were formed in soft mud around a shallow lake which now forms part of Alkali Flat a large playa at White Sands.

Researchers from the US Geological Survey dated these tracks using radiocarbon dating of seed layers above and below the footprint.

Their findings confirm human presence over at least two millennia with the oldest tracks dating from around 23,000 years ago.

The footprints also tell an interesting tale of what life was like at this time by revealing they were mostly left by teenagers and younger children.

There was also discovery of tracks belonging to mammoth, giant ground sloth, dire wolves and birds at the site.

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Dr Sally Reynolds, a Principal Academic in Hominin Paleoecology at Bournemouth University, said: “It is an important site because of all of the trackways we’ve found there show an interaction of humans in the landscape alongside extinct animals like mammoths and giant sloths.

“We can see the co-existence between humans and animals on the site as a whole, and by being able to accurately date these footprints, we’re building a greater picture of the landscape.”

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