Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Tanzania is set to start
displaying the early human footprints, which were recently
discovered at Laetoli area in Ngorongoro Conservation Area for
public consumption, an archaeologist said on Monday.
Fidelis Masao, an archaeologist from
the long-time Tanzania’s University of Dar es Salaam said that
the process of displaying the footprints in a museum for public
consumption will start in August, this year.
The discovery in 2015 by Tanzanian and
Italian archaeologists came during the systematic survey and
excavation activities led by Ngorongoro-based Cultural Heritage
Impact Assessment (CHIA) aimed at evaluating the effect of a
proposed new field museum in the area that lies on the southern
edge of Serengeti National Park.
“We are currently in discussions with
the Italian Embassy in Tanzania on better ways of making the
human footprints available for public viewing,” Masao said
in a telephone interview.
The discovered these footprints at
Laetoli took place 40 years later in the same area where the
legendary Mary Leakey and her team of researchers discovered in
the late 1970s a trackway 3.6 million years ago commonly
attributed to Australopithecus afarensis.
The research that led to the new
discovery is supported by the Italian School of
Palaeoanthropology under the auspices of the Italian ministry of
foreign affairs and international cooperation in collaboration
with University of Dar es Salaam’s College of humanities.
This is likely to boost Tanzania’s
archaeological and tourism fortunes which have been on the
increase for years.
Footprints are rare they can be
impressed in the ground, preserved over time and eventually
discovered millions of years later only because of unique
Like a spotlight on a prehistoric
scene, fossil tracks provide data about the locomotion
biomechanics and body size of the extinct creatures and reveal
the diversity among individuals explains even their reproductive
The evidence taken as a whole with the
previous one portrays several bipedal early hominins moving as a
group through the landscape, after a volcanic eruption and a