Scientists discover earliest human footprint evidence outside Africa

The BBC reports that scientists have discovered the earliest human footprints outside of Africa. They pre-date the Neanderthals; most probably they were made by Homo antecessor.

While the BBC piece is interesting in itself, the full account of the discovery in the open access journal Plos One: “Hominin Footprints from Early Pleistocene Deposits at Happisburgh, UK,” should not be missed. I respect the work of the Principal Author, Nick Ashton, enormously and am a frequent reader of the Plos offerings.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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