Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania
has unveiled new sets of fresh footprints believed to
belong to earliest human beings who could have walked in
Ngorongoro area in northern Tanzania nearly 4 million
"The new discovery is another
milestone in boosting the country’s historical, cultural
and science-based tourism," said Jumanne Maghembe,
Tanzania’s Minister for Natural resources and Tourism.
Maghembe said on Sunday here that the new footprints
and imprints were found at the Laetoli archaeological
site within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.
According to Maghembe, the new discovery places
Tanzania at the forefront of human origin research.
The new development is the results of thorough work
by two Tanzanian scientists—Prof. Fidelis Masao, a
researcher and senior lecturer of archaeology, and his
colleague Dr. Elgidius Ichumbaki from the University of
Dar es Salaam.
Fidelis Masao said the footprints were located about
60 meters from the site where similar humanoid prints
were found in 1976.
Experts led by Tanzanian archaeologist Prof Charles
Musiba are still working in the area to trace the
hominid footprint and trackway to see whether there
could be more pre-historic human trails.
But as far as Dr. Charles Musiba is concerned,
discovering humanoid trails is one thing, preserving the
same is the most challenging and if ultimate care wasn’t
taken, the prints may disappear faster than the time
taken to expose them.
So far, Tanzania is the only country in the world
boasting the oldest marks of human beings in the form of
hominid footprints found in Laetoli area, of Ngorongoro.
These are reported to be 3.7 million years old.
Neighbouring Kenya also reported to have discovered
similar footprints a few years ago, but those ones date
back just 1.5 million years ago.
Tanzania also has other imprints at Lake Natron
shores, in Ngorongoro District, dating back some 200,000