Zahi Hawass, the secretary general of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, is announcing the discovery of a very old hominid footprint found in the Western Desert of Egypt, near Siwa.
BBC News broke this news to me, but Yahoo News is also covering it.
“This could go back about two million years,” antiquities council chief Zahi Hawass was quoted by Reuters as saying. However Khaled Saad, director of pre-history at the council, said it could be older still…
Scientists are now conducting carbon dating tests on plants in the mud where the footprint is in order to pinpoint its precise age.
Unfortunately, I can’t confirm if the photos of a footprint circulating around on some blogs are the actual footprints discovered. Rather than misinform y’all, I’ll have to sit tight until official photographs of them come from Hawass.
And also, unlike Hawass, I’m not jumping up for joy saying…
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