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13,000-year-old Footprints Found in British Columbia

13,000-year-old Footprints Found in British Columbia

Archaeologists discovered three sets of footprints on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. HowStuffWorks digs into what this find means.

Author's note: 10 Extinct Hominids

Without having studied hominids before, several things struck me in my research. First, the age of these specimens is astounding. It's difficult to fathom how the world would look so long ago. That we have any fossils this old and we know so much about them is incredible. And yet, I don't want to make the mistake of thinking we know more than we do. Although we have sophisticated technology to inspect age, teeth, DNA, etc., many of our conclusions about their lives are only educated guesses. New fossils continually call into question previous notions. Clearly, we still have a lot to learn about the exact origins of humanity.

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