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.

7 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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  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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  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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