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Re: questions about fossilized foot prints (fwd)


I am responding to Bonnie Blackwell's question regarding fossilized footprints from Chiapas, Mexico.

Bonnie, I am a field archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerican cultures. My passion is dinosaurs, so that's why I belong to this group.

A significant amount of research conducted by dozens of American universities as well as by INAH, the Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History together with UNAM, the Autonomous University system of Mexico has found that Chiapas was occupied rather late compared to other parts of the country. The reason for this is unknown. While I can't say for sure exactly how old your footprints are without knowing the composition of the medium, my best guess would be they would be a maximum of 4000 years old. This is based on a pretty well agreed date for early man in Chiapas by 1500 BC with a -500/+125 year error.

Skeletons we have excavated in the region show adult males averagely 5'2" tall with a foot about 6 inches long. Toes should be stubby in your sample.

Hope this helps.

Paul Pettennude

At 03:34 PM 1/29/97 EDT, Bonnie Blackwell, x 3332 wrote:
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>Subj: odd message I just got
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>From: "Hugh W. Jarvis" <hjarvis@ACSU.Buffalo.EDU>
>To: Bonnie Blackwell <BONN@QCVAXA.ACC.QC.EDU>
>Subject: odd message I just got
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>Hi, Bonnie! Howzit? Just got this intriguing message from the ether. Not
>sure how legit or what it is all about. I don't recognise the names.
>They're probably on anthro-l or the like. I suggested they post to
>lithics-l and quaternary.
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 23:04:25 -0500 (EST)
>From: UBWings Mailer <wings@ACSU.Buffalo.EDU>
>Reply-To: jcenteno@acnet.net
>To: hjarvis@acsu.buffalo.edu
>Subject: Comment on: other
>comments = To whom it may concern:
>How long does it takes to be fossillized a human footprint?
>Is it possible to determine the longevity of the soil where the
>footprints are located?
>Where have you found this human fossil footprints?
>We have all these questions, because we found a pathway with multiples
>fossillised footprints in Chiapas Mexico.
>We have video and pictures as an evidence of this discovery.
>All of them are available upon request.
>Thanks in advance for you attention
>Jose Centeno Dr. Clever Chavez
>email = jcenteno@acnet.net
>name = Jose Centeno
>Sending Host: ppp62df.acnet.net
>Sender's Client: Mozilla/2.01KIT (Win16; U)
>Original URL:
>Bonnie A.B. Blackwell, bonn@qcvaxa.acc.qc.edu
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