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March 21 2013

How Ancient Humans Walked: Their Footprints May Mislead

Fossil footprints could provide a skewed view of how ancient animals â including early human ancestors similar to the famous Lucy fossil â walked, new research suggests.

In the past, paleontologists and anthropologists assumed the depth of the footprint correlated with the pressure used to create it. But the analysis, published today (March 19) in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, reveals that the heel tends to create a deeper indentation even when applying the same amount of pressure.

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