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Human Footprints Discovered in England Could Be Over 800,000 Years Old

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Scientists were shocked to discover human footprints embedded in ancient beach sediment at Happisburgh in Norfolk – in a deposit that has been dated at over 800,000 years old. According to Nicholas Ashton, curator of the British Museum, these could be the oldest known human footprints found outside of Africa.
 
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Photo: British Museum
 
Researchers found evidence of heels, arches and toes, which they believe belonged to five upright-walking individuals.
 
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Photo: British Museum
 
The discovery, which happened by accident during a geological survey last May, follows another revelation from the Happisburgh area in 2010, when the first evidence of a human settlement was found dating back to the same period (the mid-to-early Paleolithic era).
 
 
More details from the find will be featured in a new exhibit entitled Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story, beginning this Thursday, February 13th at London's Natural History Museum.
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