Oldest Footprint

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 20th, 2007

The photograph the ancient footprint has not been published, to the best of our knowledge.

Egyptian archaeologists have found what they said could be the oldest human footprint in history in the country’s western desert, the Arab country’s antiquities’ chief said on Monday.

“This could go back about two million years,” said Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. “It could be the most important discovery in Egypt,” he told Reuters.
Archaeologists found the footprint, imprinted on mud and then hardened into rock, while exploring a prehistoric site in Siwa, a desert oasis.
Scientists are using carbon tests on plants found in the rock to determine its exact age, Hawass said.
Khaled Saad, the director of prehistory at the council, said that based on the age of the rock where the footprint was found, it could date back even further than the renowned 3-million year-old fossil Lucy, the partial skeleton of an ape-man, found in Ethiopia in 1974.
Most archaeological interest in Egypt is focused on the time of the pharaohs.
Previously, the earliest human archaeological evidence from Egypt dated back around 200,000 years, Saad said.Dateline: Cairo – Reuters, April 20, 2007.

But of what species is it a footprint? Homo erectus? Paranthropus? Australopithecus? An unknown hairy hominoid of Africa? An agogwe? An ngoloko?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

2 Responses to “Oldest Footprint”

  1. things-in-the-woods responds:

    assuming this photo is of the actual footprint, it does look quite sasquatchy (although the toes look kind of long- more ape-like than those that seem typical of BF casts). The real issues here are size and age. If it is of a 3+ million year old hominid (i.e., probably some kind of australopithecine) from africa it is likely to be quite small (do you have any info on measurements loren?). Of course, presumably no-one suggests that BF actually is an australopithecine (given their size and known distribution). As such, although interesting in its own right, it would be much more interesting with regards to BF to have footprints of, say, Homo erectus (or of giganto). This footprint only helps in a rather indirect way (i.e., showing that hominid creatures can have footprints that are roughly like those often reported for sas).

    great find though.

  2. robo responds:

    This is a known faked footprint from Texas.

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