Stone Age families crawled on hand and foot through dark caves for FUN, study suggests

Mail Online | 5/14/2019 | Cheyenne Macdonald For Dailymail.com
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A series of tracks created roughly 14,000 years ago has revealed stunning new insight into the ways ancient humans explored dark, potentially treacherous cave systems during the Stone Age.

Researchers say at least 180 hand and footprints line the clay-rich floor of Italy’s cave of Bàsura in the famous Toirano caves, indicating ancient humans crawled barelegged through low tunnels as they searched for food and even explored for fun.

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The group that left behind these tracks thousands of years ago included a total of five individuals, from adults to children as young as 3 years old, who navigated the dark pathways using wooden sticks as torches.

According to the team behind the new study, this is the first time crawling behavior during this period has been identified.

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‘In our study, we wanted to see how ancient humans explored this fascinating cave system,’ said first author Marco Romano, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

The team studied 180 tracks using software analysis and 3D modelling, along...
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