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290 million year old human footprint – Researchers remain silent
August 13, 2016
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I came across this information while surfing the web for interesting data. The article is from 2015. It caught my attention and wanted to share it here. What if...

 

http://www.ewao.com/a/1-290-mi.....ain-silent

I've been following http://www.ewao.com site regularly because they have pretty interesting information although I really don't know their history.  

April 15, 2018
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The concept of a human being wandering around about 290 million years ago is an unlikely scenario for a few reasons; the main idea being that of human origins through evolutionary biology. Our species that of a predecessor within Homo genus, emerged around 200,000 - 300,000 years ago, distinguishing between "anatomically modern" Homo sapiens from other archaic species such as Neanderthals.  There were five mass extinction events throughout the time period of Earth's existence.  These extinction events were widespread and created rapid, long-term decreases in the biodiversity on Earth.  These extinctions were the Late Devonian, 375 million years ago, 75% species lost, end Permian, 251 million years ago, 96% species lost, end Triassic, 200 million years ago, 80% species lost, and end Cretaceous, 66 million years ago, 76% species lost (2).  This means that these footprints would have had to have existed long before the emergence and evolution of the modern day Homo - supporting an idea that anatomically modern humans existed before these extinction events to evolve the same analogous anatomical feet that we have today. When thinking of the biodiversity and population of species that existed during these mass extinction events, this means humans 290 million years ago would have evolved and were wiped out by the post mass extinctions, Triassic and Cretaceous, but evolved again after the Cretaceous so that there are anatomically modern humans, or possibly survived through the mass extinctions and devolved through time using the concept of Island Dwarfism. This seems extremely unlikely. 

When researching the context of the footprint, the story goes back to 1987, the year that Jerry Paul MacDonald had discovered a plethora of fossilized animal tracks in the mountain range. They were found fossilised in rock strata, a type of mudstone that dates back to the Permian Period - about 300-250 million years ago.  While there is no controversy over the dating of the fossil prints, there have been problems in the identification of the animals from much later periods, including prints akin to modern birds (small three toed impressions) and bears (deep five arched toes with nail impressions).  The Permian age was long before the dinosaurs, let alone that of birds and mammals - yet these prints suggest that these animals were walking among earth.  This seems to imply the idea that these footprints could mean nothing at all, also supported by the investigation that Jerry MacDonald held academically invalid degrees and Ph.D qualifications in geology and archaeology (1). 

1. http://www.badarchaeology.com/.....-the-like/

2. https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/big-five-extinctions

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