Some human footprints were discovered by the researchers a few days ago on an island located in north of Vancouver. A report about the findings was published by them on Wednesday which informed that the footprints were about 13,000 years old, when people began migrating to the region around the last ice age period. Moreover, these are the oldest footprints to be discovered ever in North America as per the researchers.
This new finding is published in Plos One journal. This new finding now supports a previous study which had informed then that humans had migrated to American countries from Asia during the last ice age period, around 11,700 years ago. The team researched on 29 footprints discovered at Calvert Island, British Columbia, which are expected to be of two adults and a child. Archaeologist Michael Petraglia stated that the site suggests an early entrance of people into the American countries. The island currently is covered with dense forest, making it difficult for modern humans to reside.
The lead author of the study and an archeologist at Victoria Unversity in British Columbia, Duncan McLaren stated that the new findings have provided evidence of the seafaring people who lived in the area during the last ice age.
The researchers even examined the footprints with the help of computer and electronic devices and were successfully able to determine the size of the feet. The child had a foot size 1. Among the adults, the woman had a foot size 3 while the man had a foot size 7. The researchers used radiocarbon dating method to analyze the precise age of the footprints. Besides, the researchers have also mentioned in the study that the island was one of the ways through which the ancestors entered America.
Notably, the research has been funded by the Tula Foundation that concentrates on the intersection of education and science in British Columbia and rural Guatemala.