Fossilized 'devils trail' along Italian volcano was made by Neanderthals, new evidence reveals 

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Archaeologists believe the 'Ciampate del Diavolo', or devils trail, along the Roccamonfina volcano in southern Italy was made by Neanderthals.

Approximately 81 footprints from at least five individuals can be seen etched in the solid lava and considering the age of the rock, experts believe the group lived 'before our species existed'.

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Based on size and shape, the prints match a hominoid foot from Sima de los Huesos: the 'pit of bones' in Atapuerca, northern Spain, according to New Scientist.

The team also determined that the prints were made hours or days after the violent volcano erupted some 50,000 years ago.

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The dense collection of hot gas and volcanic materials, or pyroclastic flow, heated to more than 570 degrees Fahrenheit at the time of the eruption and based on the distance between each step, experts concluded the lava was still soft, but cool enough for a slow walk.

The Roccamonfina is a stratovolcano with a radius of about six miles and is located along the northern Campania coast, at a distance of about 37 miles to the northwest of Mount Somma and Mount Vesuvius.

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