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‘Tira de la Peregrinación’: Aztec footprints

IN THE NEWS: ancient footprints

It was a sensational discovery - human footprints said to be 40,000 years old, preserved by volcanic ash in an abandoned quarry in Mexico. It came from a team led by Silvia Gonzalez, a Mexican working at Liverpool’s John Moores University - follow link below.

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The announcement, in July 2005, created a flurry of excitement, but was then promptly dismissed by a second team of researchers who re-dated the rocks at 1.3 million years old, impossibly ancient to bear human traces. As reported by the BBC, the original claim has not gone away, however, and the controversy is set to run and run...

Main picture: Footprints documenting part of the legendary wanderings of the Aztecs from their mythical homeland Aztlan, from a copy of the ‘Tira de la Peregrinación’ codex

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BBC News feature on ancient footprints (16/1/06)
‘Mexican footprints’ website