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Oldest human footprints may be 36,000 years old

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Oldest human footprints may be 36,000 years old

Footprints discovered in a Romanian cave in 1965 may be much older than originally thought, according to a study in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Once presumed to be about 10,000 to 15,000 years old, recent radiocarbon dating of bear bones in the cave suggest that they were actually made 36,500 years ago. That would make them the oldest known human tracks on Earth, Science News reports. Researchers have claimed that 120,000-year-old Homo sapiens footprints exist in Tanzania, but the finding has yet to be verified.

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