What Happened To The Oldest Egyptian Footprint Ever Discovered?

In 2007, Egyptologists might have found the oldest human footprint ever discovered in Egypt. It was imprinted in mud and then hardened into rock. Zahi Hawass, at that time secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that considering the age of the rock, the footprint, found during the exploration of the prehistoric site of Siwa, might turn out to be millions of years old – in any case the oldest footprint that has ever been discovered in Egypt.

Previously to this finding, the earliest archeological evidence of human presence in Egypt dates back to 200,000 years.

The finding was one of the most important discoveries ever made in Egypt.

Strangely, there was no notification about this ever again. Two years later, on February 26 2009, BBC news report the earliest footprints showing evidence of modern human foot anatomy and gait to have been found in Kenya and state:

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

The oldest human lineage footprint was found in 1978 in Tanzania and was dated back to 3.7 million years ago, belonging to the Australopithecus afarensis.

What happened to the Egyptian finding remains unknown for now.



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