Early human footprints

Early human footprints

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Caption: Early human footprints. Researcher Marco Avanzini measuring fossilized footprints in volcanic rock on the Roccamonfina volcano, near Naples, Italy. Known locally as "devil's tracks", these footprints were identified as human in 2003, and have been dated to 385,000-325,000 years ago. The tracks were made in volcanic ash from an eruption. The size of the footprints, about 20 centimetres long, suggests that they were made by a hominid 1.5 metres tall, standing fully upright (erect). The age indicates that they were made by Homo heidelbergensis, a descendent of Homo erectus and an ancestor of modern man (Homo sapiens).

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