Saturday, 28 February 2009

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Earliest 'human footprints' found

This is a very interesting story just for the insight it offers into the way scientists can discern human characteristics from a footprint and distinguish them from those of other primates. I am looking at evolution, which seems appropriate at the time of the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. What interests me about this story is that the findings being reported have been published in the Journal of Science. I just wonder why the findings of the so-called Creationist or Intelligent Design proponents are not published this way? I know this is a provocative question but surely for a scientist the most important thing is peer review and publication in recognised and respected science journals?

The earliest footprints showing evidence of modern human foot anatomy and gait have been unearthed in Kenya.

The 1.5-million-year-old footprints display signs of a pronounced arch and short, aligned toes, in contrast to older footprints.

The size and spacing of the Kenyan markings - attributed to Homo erectus - reflect the height, weight, and walking style of modern humans.

The findings have been published in the journal Science.

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Earliest 'human footprints' found

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