Ice Age traces tell a unique story of mother and child Much can be said about a man by the way he moves, and that seems to have applied some 10,000 years ago as well, or at least that is what traces recently found in New Mexico suggest.

According to scientists, these are the longest continuous human traces that we have managed to find, because they stretch for over 1.5 km, and they are doubly unique, because they also tell the story of a certain journey. Footprints have been preserved in Kevir, the exposed bottom of a drainless periodic lake in White Sands National Park - an American national park located in the state of New Mexico, which is characterized by the sandy white deserts included in the name. It is an area well known for hundreds of thousands of traces of a variety of animals that lived during the ice age, including mammoths, mega-terraces, saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, buffalo and of course humans.

And it is the traces of the latter that have recently attracted the attention of scientists, because, as it turned out, they managed to find the longest ones so far, and at the same time perfectly preserved, thanks to which it was possible to recreate the history of the people who left them. They probably belong to a woman, or possibly an adolescent man, who was carrying a small child in her arms. She was making the way hurriedly, only to return to the starting point after a few hours, but without a child, and what's more, she was not “alone” on her journey. Researchers even attempted to make precise estimates, e.g. the speed of movement, based on the distance between the footprints - the woman walked much faster than it is done in comfortable conditions, because instead of 1.2-1.5 meters per second, she was moving at a speed of 1, 7 meters per second.

The tracks lead in a more or less straight line, so you can safely assume that she was going in a specific direction. Every now and then the traces of a child appear on the ground, most likely put aside for a while to rest from carrying it - it was probably not more than 2 years old. Anyway, you can easily distinguish the traces of a woman walking alone from those left when carrying a baby, because the weight is distributed completely differently on the feet. Thanks to this, we also know that the woman came back some time top web tutorials but alone, without the child. What happened to the latter?

Perhaps something happened along the way, maybe the woman was supposed to take them to a safe place and leave them, or maybe they were just rushing home because they were caught in an unexpected rain ... Unfortunately, we are not able to find out, but unfortunately the most unpleasant scenario is otherwise it could have happened, because in the area there are also at least 2 different sets of animal tracks that cross the woman's path. Some belong to the mammoth, but suggest that it passed without stopping, and the other to the sloth. And it is the latter that is more dangerous here, because it is worth remembering that the terrestrial species that lived at that time was gigantic and belonged to the largest mammals that ever walked the Earth - it weighed up to 5 tons, which is about as much as African elephants! These traces show that the animal stood on its hind legs, probably sniffing the smell, and then it dropped on its four paws and ... walked away, so it probably did not notice the wanderers either. Still, it's hard to believe how much you can read in footprints, right?