Footprint fossils from 120,000 years ago,
Recently, foreign archaeologists have discovered hundreds of footprint fossils from 120,000 years ago in Saudi Arabia. According to an article published in”Science Advances” magazine, this may be the earliest human trace in the area.
Saudi Arabia is located in the Arabian Peninsula, east It borders the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea to the west. The coastline is 2448 kilometers long. Most of the entire territory is plateau. The west bank of the Red Sea is a narrow plain, and the east is Mount Salat. The terrain east of the mountain gradually descends to the eastern plain. The desert is widely distributed. In the north is the Danef Desert, and in the south is the Rub Khali Desert.
This time the researchers are studying an ancient AlatherThe lake survey found hundreds of fossil footprints, these footprints were exposed due to erosion of sediment.
The 376 footprint sites discovered by the archaeologists this time around Lake Alatar include a large number of animal footprints, including those of horses, camels and even elephants, which is amazing It is the elephant that went extinct in the area 400,000 years ago.
But what’s more surprising is that the researchers said they found 7 human footprints. If confirmed, they may be humans from the Arabian Peninsula. The earliest evidence of existence.
“We quickly realized the great potential of these discoveries,” Matthew Stewart said in a report of his research. Matthew Stewart is one of the main authors of the study. Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology.
At the same time, he added:”Footprints are a unique form of fossil evidence, because they are equivalent to a snapshot of ancient scenes, usually representing a few hours or days, which we cannot record from other relics.
Researchers believe that these footprints can be traced back to the last interglacial period, during which time it was too cold and The humid environment promoted the activities of humans and animals in the desert.
Researchers say that fossil and archaeological records show that it is precisely because of the above conditions that humans at that time were forced to migrate from Africa to Saudi Arabia.
Experts said:”Only after the last ice age, as the temperature rises, we have conclusive evidence that cavemen entered the area, so these footprints are likely to come from the Homo sapiens.
After studying these footprints, experts believe that
the dense footprints indicate that animals are gathering near the lake. Drought and lack of water, humans use this area to fetch water and forage.
We now only know that people have visited this lake, but due to the lack of evidence of stone tools or animal use, we cannot be sure whether humans have settled here.
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