In our next ‘Photo of the Week’ we are looking at research examining preserved footprints in Africa. This research is being led by BU’s Professor Matthew Bennett, a Professor of Environmental and Geographical Sciences.
This child’s footprint is over 1500 years old and is preserved in baked flood silts now found in Namibia. It is one of a few hundred tracks made by children ranging in age from as little as 5 to perhaps 15 years old as they walked playfully behind a small flock of sheep and goats. The preservation is so remarkable you can still see the whirls and callouses on the toes and heel. It is part of on-going footprint research being undertaken at BU as part of the Institute for Studies in Landscape and Hominin Evolution which is a new research institute being launched in February 2015.
This was an entry to BU’s first research photography competition and you can view the entries to the most recent competition here.