Archive for Friday, February 27, 2009

Modern gait found in ancient footprints

February 27, 2009


— More than a million years ago an ancient human ancestor walked across a sandy plain in eastern Africa, leaving footprints that scientists are now hailing as the earliest evidence of modern upright walking.

The footprints, dated to between 1.51 million and 1.53 million years ago, were discovered at Ileret, Kenya, researchers report in today’s edition of the journal Science.

With a large toe parallel to the other toes, the prints indicate a modern upright stride, the researchers said. They are likely to have been made by the early hominid Homo ergaster or early Homo erectus.


mcontrary 9 years, 1 month ago

Was there a question about erectus or ergaster walking upright?

Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

umbilweed (Anonymous) says… Life 1.5 million years ago: walk, hunt, eat, drink, sleep.

Life today for xbus... drink, bitch on LJW posts, eat, sleep....repeat

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