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In the US state of Utah, archaeologists accidentally found ancient human footprints. The footprints were found in the desert and may be 12,000 years old. The relics were found in late July at an army training ground in a dry lake in the north of the state.
Cornell University – to which the discoverers belong – reported that these are footprints of adults and children who lived along the riverbed thousands of years ago. The researchers concluded that the footprints must have set in a wetland, a swamp that had not been there for at least 10,000 years.
Archaeologists say to New York times The discovery of fingerprints is “purely coincidental”. They were on their way to a nearby archaeological site when they noticed traces in the sand.
It turned out to be the so-called ghost tracks, which are visible only under certain conditions. At first a handful of footprints were found, but after more extensive research it turned out that they were 88 prints.
According to a scientist involved, the footprints may date back to the end of the tail in the last Ice Age. They do not know for sure, and no scientific research has been published so far about this discovery.
If it is true that the footprints date back to the Ice Age, this would be the second time that human footprints from that period have been found in the United States.