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The footprints of the dead have revealed new secrets

The footprints of the dead have revealed new secrets

BBC Earth

Image: Andreas Pastoors et al

He walks confidently through the cave, a playground he knows like the back of his hand even at the tender age of nine. Instinctively he shifts course, turning slightly to avoid a deep chasm he knows lies in the gloom on his left hand side. Confident of his footing he hurries on, faster now.

It is astonishing what we can learn from studying the prehistoric footprints left in caves by ancient humans.

But this particular vignette of Stone Age life was not reconstructed using state-of-the-art scientific equipment. It came from the careful analysis of ancient footprints by three professional trackers from Namibia’s indigenous Ju/’hoansi-San population. Read more on the BBC Earth website…