Researchers have discovered some 13,000-year-old human footprints in Canada. This could explain how men populated this territory.
At each discovery, an additional element to understand how humans have populated the planet in the course of history. Footprints of humans have been found on an island along the coast of British Columbia in Western Canada. They are believed to be about 13,000 years old, making them the oldest discoveries in North America, according to a study released Wednesday.
These tracks are likely to be those of two adults and one child walking barefoot on clay soil on what is today a beach on Calvert Island, northeastern Vancouver Island according to the authors of the study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
A total of 29 footprints were found in sediments during excavation work conducted from 2014 to 2016, said lead author Duncan McLaren, professor of anthropology at the Hakai Institute and University of Victoria, British Columbia.
The first North American inhabitants from Asia?
This discovery further strengthens the hypothesis supported by a growing number of researchers that the first men who arrived in North America migrated from Asia via a land corridor along the coast, free of ice, to finally arrive in British Columbia.
Finding evidence has not been easy for researchers, as this rugged, dense forest region of Canada is only accessible by boat.
To achieve this, the researchers concentrated their excavations in a tidal zone on Calvert Island, where the water level was two to three meters lower than today at the end of the Ice Age. .