Scientists have discovered the longest ancient human footpath. The prehistoric passage of fossilised footprints – found in New Mexico – dates from the end of the last Ice Age (around 12,000 years ago) and was likely made by “a woman carrying a young child. For some reason, she rushed through the muddy field at an impressive speed. She then returned the same way without the toddler, and may have discovered that both a sloth and a mammoth had crossed her path in the meantime.” The trackway is said to be remarkably straight but nevertheless holds the twists and turns of a dramatic human-interest story about a mother and child struggling for survival in a hostile environment.
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I'm originally from Liverpool and worked as a national magazine journalist for more than 30 years before suffering a stroke at age 53. I started blogging as part of a neuro-rehabilitation programme and wrote the very first entries with one finger of my disabled left hand. Later, art became another therapy for me at Headway East London's Submit To Love studios. I blog regularly and volunteer as a teaching assistant, coaching schoolchildren in aspects of journalism. View all posts by Billy Mann