Neanderthal day care

This is so great! Neanderthal children, together with a few adults, left their footprints on a beach in Normandy, France. Read more here. Amazing these survived WWII.

16 thoughts on “Neanderthal day care

  1. J. Helton

    After reading this article I am still a little confused as to how these tracks stayed in-tacked for thousands of years. How can we be 100% sure that these tracks are from Neanderthal adults and children? Especially after the events that took place on this beach during WWII. With all of my skepticism aside, it is amazing that these footprints have been “fossilized”. Fossils are some of the coolest things this world has to offer, they are like history books but something you can actually hold/witness. I image that Neanderthals aren’t too far off from what we are to day by means of how they raise their children, how they worry, and how they make decisions.

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    1. Maddy Sever

      It is so cool to think about how old these fossils are, yet how similar we are today to those who left them.

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  2. Zadie Lacy

    The fossilized evidence left in Normandy is incredibly intriguing evidence to suggest the inhabitance of Neanderthals. It’s fascinating and sort of humbling to think of our relationship to the Earth, and how so many years ago, there were other humanoid beings like Neanderthals roaming the Earth, calling it their home too, and just how similar and yet different they are to what we would recognize as a modern human. It definitely sparks the mind’s imagination, and begs the question: how many more symbolic footprints have been fossilized, and waiting for us to uncover them and their story?

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    1. Katie Kaloustian

      In agreement to the other responses, it is fascinating to discover that those tracks are still here. After reading the article I wonder how the footprints have become fossilized. I wonder if the temperature has an affect on the preservation process. In addition, I wonder if this discovery contributes to any theories that the archeologists have developed regarding the Neanderthals.

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  3. Emma Gardner

    I think it is quite amazing that even after millions of years these creations and foot prints are still here. It is almost as if we were meant to find these things. It is pretty amazing how far and wide the Neanderthals were able to travel, they didn’t even have cars this was all on foot. These stories will never cease to amaze me.

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  4. Amanda Tringale

    Its astounding that these tracks are still present today. These tracks in Normandy are crucial to discovering more about neanderthal life. The fact that the foot prints are fossilized just make the story more and more interesting and compelling. However, much like the first comment, I do have some skepticism about how accurate these foot prints on with all that occurred in WWII. But despite this, I still find this discovery amazing.

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  5. Jessica Thorne

    It is so amazing that these footprints were fossilized and preserved all this time, especially with all the other history that has taken place in the same location. It is also interesting that there are so many children’s footprints. I feel like a lot of times we focus on finding people one at a time, but the fact that there are so many shows that they were probably playing and having fun just like children do today. Also, the fact that these footprints are one of two sets that have ever been found make them even more special. It is like postholes where buildings were. Just an imprint of the past that can tell a story.

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  6. Jordan Leahey

    It’s almost insane to think about how long these footprints have lasted. I like how the article kind of focuses on the child footprints. I do like to think about how that child like wonder and playfulness existed even back then. Like how the kids were playing and running around so much that you can see it in the footprints. As someone also commented above, it is amazing how just a few footprints tell a story.

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  7. Eriq Moreira-Ibar

    I love seeing evidence of early human life. Seeing evidence of Neanderthals in Normandy is awesome to me. There is a video on youtube that does a good and comedic way of showing the history and evolution of the human species. If you care to look, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJzJtm7OfdQ is a great video on that. From the video, they mention how at some point, the evolution of the Neanderthals became a “build” that was more suited for the colder weather due to their bulkier build. With the Neanderthals in the colder climates, it makes sense that their footprints would be able to freeze and become fossilized. Even though it seems possible suggesting that, it still amazes me how long the footprints were able to remain as they were.

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  8. Sarah Christiansen

    I am extremely impressed by the amount of time these survived. I am also extremely confused on how they did. Just because of how much has happened since they would’ve been around. It is amazing to think about and it must’ve been a very exciting discovery for those on site.

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  9. caroline

    This was incredibly intriguing to read about. The amount of time these prints survived on the earth is incredible to think about and how the footprints were in such good shape. It’s crazy to think about how people lived, walked, thought, and traveled before everyone alive today were even thoughts it’s crazy how human evolution and technology have come such a long way since these people migrated over millions of years ago.

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  10. Michaela Steinbauer

    The article mentioned that the footprints created by Neanderthals were over 80,000 years old! It is interesting to see how long pieces of history can last, especially when these prints were formed so long ago. I am a little skeptical on how they have remained in tact on a beach for so long, but it is impressive to see the exact imprint of a person thousands of years later. It goes to show that art is almost eternal.

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  11. Melissa Beirne

    It is crazy that these artifacts were still in tack today. They survived all of our known history. I mean just to think about all the wars that have taken place in all of time and how these survived it all. It amazes me that we are still finding evidence of these early humans.

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  12. Elena Streeter

    My first thought in reading this was, “how is this even possible?”. Fossilized imprints from so long ago are still around? Once I got over the surprise, I realized how incredible it is. How amazing is it that footprints left behind are still there today? They tell an incredible story.

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  13. Stephanie Cruz

    I am in shock about how the footprint and handprint fossils managed to survive, especially knowing that it was a part of wwll. Even though I find it skeptical that the footprints belong to humans, the idea of thinking that humans before us walked around the beach and admiring the Earth’s beauty brings a sense of connection. It is amazing how nature preserves these artifacts for us to see and learn from.

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  14. Adara MacDonnell

    To find out that fossilized footprints actually exist is mindblowing. We never think of footprints as being something that could last centuries or even thousands of years. We rarely view footprints as something important. At least when I think of footprints left behind, I can’t help but think of some crime show on TV where they catch the suspect because of the footprint they left behind at the crime scene. I have never once thought about it as having historical importance, or as even something lasting thousands of years.

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