Keeping your feet wet a million years ago. Or thereabouts.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scien ... 14151.html
When the papers published the pictures of the human footprints revealed at Happisburgh and declared them the oldest ever found in Europe you would have thought that would cause quite a stir.
Of course the experts quickly denied they were our kind of human, just some ancient type that could live in ice ages but couldn't survive all that long after it. Perhaps there were too many wild animals around and they were all eaten up. Although apparently they were skilled toolmakers and even at that remote age knew all about flint and pointy things.
We know they didn't know how to make a fire because we didn't find one. Ah well.
But the archaeologists were on the case and took photographs of them, measured them and did computer thingies that look meaningless to somebody low down in the pecking order like me.
What they didn't do was to make casts of them or even dig them up so that the evidence could be examined in greater detail at some point in the future. Instead they did nothing for two weeks and then said, 'oh dear, the sea's washed them away. Ah well.'https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/ ... rints.aspx
Imagine a copper telling his boss 'I found a smoking gun and photographed it. Unfortunately when I returned a fortnight later it had been washed away.'
Is there something curious about how humans 'left Africa' ? According to the Daily Mail they first arrived in Europe 80,000 years ago.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... s-ago.html
National Geographic tells us they only left Africa 60,000 years agohttps://genographic.nationalgeographic. ... n-journey/
Fortunately we can say these were not humans. Because humans didn't leave Africa until much later. Even though their feet look human and their average height appears to be more or less human.
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/scienc ... beach.htmlhttp://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/the-origi ... ecies.html
Prof Chris Stringer at the Museum said the humans who made the footprints may well have been related to people of similar antiquity from Atapuerca in Spain, assigned to the species Homo antecessor, or 'Pioneer Man'.
'These people were of a similar height to us and were fully bipedal,' Prof Stringer said. 'They seem to have become extinct in Europe by 600,000 years ago and were perhaps replaced by the species Homo heidelbergensis. Neanderthals followed from about 400,000 years ago.'
Dr Nick Ashton from the British Museum said, 'This is an extraordinarily rare discovery. The Happisburgh site continues to rewrite our understanding of the early human occupation of Britain and indeed of Europe.'
Unfortunately the footprints have now been washed away, but it is hoped the site will reveal new footprints in the future.
But we know that they can't have been human so we call them pioneers or something like that. The question is how many races of humanity were there splodging about in the waters of Europe at that time? It would appear that Africa just had humans and we had the rest.
Which could possibly mean that humans started in Norfolk and eventually emigrated south before finishing up in Africa.