Dating of the thin clay-like sand sheet covering the footprints show them to be between 19 and 23 thousand years old.
The footprints were found in southeastern Australia, along the shore of one of 19 dried up lakes that comprise the Willandra Lakes system.
The researchers believe the prints were made over a series of weeks or months about 20,000 years ago when the site was exposed. Males and females, ranging from children to adults, are represented, and many of them seem to be doing different things.
“Quite a few people seem to be running and heading the same way,” Cupper told LiveScience. “Some of the little children were walking slower. This may suggest that there were several events represented.”
Australia is thought to have first been colonized by humans about 50,000 years ago. Those who made the newfound footprints were likely the ancestors of today’s Australian aborigines, the researchers say. – yahoo