Ancient footprints really are oldest traces of humans in the Americas, scientists say

By Bo Beard | May 16, 2024

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The revelation of fossilized footprints found in what is now New Mexico in 2021 was a groundbreaking moment in archaeology, potentially altering our understanding of human history. 

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Recent research is now providing additional evidence of the footprints' significance.


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Despite their remarkably well-preserved appearance, these footprints were imprinted in mud 21,000 to 23,000 years ago, as determined by radiocarbon dating of seeds from an aquatic plant found above and below the fossils.