Thousands of Years Ago, a Human Stepped in a Mammoth Print. Those Tracks Still Exist

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    Judi Lynn
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    DAVID NIELD
    13 NOV 2019

    Spread across the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico lie the ‘ghost tracks’ of long-dead mammoths. Now, researchers using a special type of scan have revealed other footprints; they belong to ancient humans walking deliberately inside mammoth tracks.

    It’s a fascinating glimpse into life some 12,000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene era, and it’s made possible through the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) scans, which are able to peer beneath the surface of the ground to reveal the hidden contours underneath.

    GPR isn’t a new technology – it’s used to check for cracks in railway lines, and in geology and archaeology – but it hasn’t been deployed in this way on fossilised footprints before. It promises to give scientists access to a host of tracks and prints that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

    These hidden records can tell us much more than just who (or what) walked where: a footprint can reveal the size and gait of animals, the way that humans and megafauna interacted with each other, and more detail about life in the last Ice Age.

    More:
    https://www.sciencealert.com/innovative-radar-tech-offers-a-new-look-at-ancient-human-and-mammoth-footprints?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

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    FYI – there are pics in the original report:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-52996-8

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      Thank you, h-32.

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    Thank you, Judi Lynn. That was incredibly interesting.

    I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

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