13,000-Year-Old Human Footprints Found—Oldest Yet From North America
Leading theories support the idea that prehistoric Americans first populated Alaska and may have migrated south along the coast.
When humans were walking around the west coast of current day Canada 13,000 years ago, they left behind footprints.
That's according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE that outlines the discovery of 29 human footprints found at the shoreline of Calvert Island in British Columbia.
According to an interview with the New York Times, anthropologist Duncan McLaren from the Hakai Institute and University of Victoria first found the footprints in 2014. During subsequent trips in 2015 and 2016, more emerged.
Based on each foot's outline, the study theorizes that they were left by two adults and a child. The footprints are embedded in clay soil. Layered with coarser sediment like sand and another layer of clay, the