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Fossil Footprints Are Relocated

June 24, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Threatened by vandals and erosion, the oldest footprints ever found of an anatomically modern human were painstakingly cut from the earth and taken to a conservation workshop. For 117,000 years, the tiny tracks, dubbed "Eve's Footprints," lay undiscovered on the shores of Langebaan Lagoon, about 75 miles north of Cape Town. But since they were noticed in 1995, the fossilized footprints have suffered at the hands of modern man and have been vulnerable to rain, wind and waves.

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