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Location: Madison, WI
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I loved reading this story. Some of my students read about it too, and were excited to tell me about it. They know I love to talk about barefoot running, and the fact that our ancestors ran around barefoot for millions of years.
**** Erectus arguably had two main evolutionary advantages; intelligence, and upright running. The latter was a huge advantage, and humans are incredibly efficient as long-distance runners. The arch that shows in those footprints is something that no other species has evolved, and is an incredible piece of evolutionary engineering.
Cool beans that footprints like that lasted 1.5 million years!