Fossil Footprints in North America Thousands of Years Earlier than We Thought | 22 Words

New evidence of human life has been found in North America dating back 23,000 years...

This upends everything we thought we knew about the first settlers in North America.

​The fossilized footprints were discovered in New Mexico's White Sands National Park, and are thought to be as old as 23,000 years. A whopping 7,000 years older than archeologists previously thought.

This means the first occupiers of North America were living and traveling around the continent during the ice age.

Something that scientists never thought possible due to Arctic ice sheets covering Canada around the same time the footprints were made, making it seemingly impossible for humans to travel south.

Sally Reynolds, a paleoecologist at Bournemouth University in England, told Insider this new information "definitively places humans in North America at a time when the ice sheet curtains were very firmly closed."


Reynolds now believes those early settlers could have set sail along the pacific coast to South America.

According to the research, which was published on Thursday in the Science journal...


Ancient seeds were found in layers of the earth where the footprints were located, allowing them to carbon date the fossils found, giving them an indication as to what their surroundings would have looked like when they were alive.

As per the report, along with the human tracks were animals such as dire wolves, giant ground sloths, and wooly mammoths, all of which were hunted by humans.


The findings reveal that these human footprints are now the oldest ever recorded in the history of the Americas, and help to give us a deeper understanding of how our ancestors traveled across the continent of North America.