Who discovered the oldest footprints dating back 117 000 years
The preserved tracks, which consisted of 49 imprints in a soft sedimentary rock, are believed to be around 900,000 years old and could transform scientists understanding of how early humans moved around the world.Anthropologists and evolutionary biologists from around the UK have been studying the tracks, and believe they may have been related to an extinct form of human ancestor known as Homo antecessor, or "Pioneer Man".
Skull fragments from that are around 780,000 years old hominid – the term used by scientists for early humans – were also found in southern Spain.The tidal mud flats of the Langebaan lagoon attract thousands of migratory birds every year and the prolific resident species include greater and lesser flamingos.Bird watchers flock to Langebaan to view over 300 species of birds found in the lagoon waters, which features the world’s largest breeding colony of black harriers.The footprints were discovered in May 2013 by Nicholas Ashton, curator at the British Museum, and Martin Bates from Trinity St David's University, who were carrying out research as part of the Pathways to Ancient Britain (PAB) project.The footprints were found in sediment, partially covered by beach sand, at low tide on the foreshore at Happisburgh.A team of scientists led by the British Museum have discovered a series of footprints left by early humans in estuary muds over 800,000 years ago.
This image shows the range of footprint hollows found in the sediment on the beach at Happisburgh, Norfolk Believed to have weighed around 14 stone, Homo antecessor was said to have been between 5.5 and 6ft tall.
Formed by the rising and falling of sea levels during prehistoric times, Langebaan Lagoon is a purely salt water lagoon.
Langebaan boasts almost year round sunshine and its safe waters and reliable winds make it a paradise for water sport enthusiasts – particularly kite surfers, boaters, wind surfers, kayakers, yachtsmen, water skiers, and fishermen.
Founded in 1922, Langebaan was once used as a whaling station, but has since been transformed into undoubtedly the busiest holiday destination of the West Coast.
The white sanded beaches and the clear waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are two of the main attractions of the area.
Research has revealed that the well preserved footprints are about 20,000 years old, and can tell some amazing stories.