100,000-year-old traces of a Neanderthal son found in Spain

SpainPaleontologists at the University of Huelva have found 100,000-year-old footprints. Footprints as a result of examinations Neanderthal turned out to belong to a child.

The archeological site on the coast of Matalascanas in southern Spain is located between the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz. Scientists say it is a place where Neanderthals drink, hunt and their children play with animals in the water.

However, researchers have found that at least 87 footprints have been found in the square, and that the Neanderthal child created these footprints by jumping in the sand and even dancing.

Eduardo Mayoral, the study’s author, said the footprints were discovered in an area that had gradually emerged over the years due to sand erosion, “when there were no bone remains of the ancient homini (the first and most primitive ancestors of humans).” said the existence of biological data was ensured by examining fossil footprints showing certain frozen moments.


As part of a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers examined footprints using 3D models and conducted detailed sediment analysis to characterize them and their surroundings. The team found that the footprints had a rounded heel, a long arch, relatively short toes and a long big toe.

“The footprints we studied are the world’s oldest Neanderthal footprints and represent the earliest known Ice Age record,” Mayoral said.

The Pleistocene, or colloquially known as the Ice Age, is a geological period that lasted from about 2.58 million to 11,700 years ago.

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