The current “scientific” dating scheme is all messed up. Here you have “modern” man’s footprints before man was supposed to have even evolved–which is quite a conundrum for some. Footprints? I don’t see no footprints! As for their configuration, maybe those volcanic ashes were hot!
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: December 13, 2005
What is one to make of the intriguing footprints found in Mexico?
The scientists who discovered them said last summer that they were made by humans walking in fresh volcanic ash 40,000 years ago. This seemed incredible, since no human presence in the Americas had been established earlier than about 13,000 years ago.
So geologists went to the scene, near Puebla. They came to an even more astonishing conclusion: the prints were in 1.3-million-year-old rock, meaning the prints were laid down more than a million years before modern Homo sapiens evolved in Africa.
The surprising antiquity of the rock bearing the prints was determined by a research team led by Paul R. Renne, director of the Berkeley Geochronology Center in California.
The researchers conducted repeated argon dating and investigated the magnetic imprint in the rock. All the tests yielded the 1.3-million-year date.
In the journal Nature, the team wrote, “We conclude that either hominid migration into the Americas occurred very much earlier than previously believed, or that the features in question were not made by humans on recently erupted ash.”
The original discovery was made in 2003 by Silvia Gonzalez of Liverpool John Moores University in England. Dr. Renne questioned that these were, in fact, footprints.
“Their distribution is quite random, not like something made by early humans,” he said by telephone. Paleontologists she consulted, Dr. Renne said, agreed. It may be, they said, that the prints are recent breaks in the hard surface caused by vibrations from a nearby highway and an active quarry.